January 28, 2020

'Love at the Glove' 2020 is set for Feb. 14

by Jason Franchuk

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Bill Sieber, a third-year graduate student in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Master of Fine Arts program, couldn’t have sculpted a better night for the annual “Love at the Glove” Valentine’s Day art show tradition.

The student-run art show is back — and the traditional Friday event this year actually falls on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. While that could present some dinner-reservations issues for some couples, Sieber figures many will plan their date night around the beloved art event.

Love at the Glove is an event that is dedicated to “matters of the heart.” The one-night event features art and performances by SIU students, faculty and the community.

The theme this year is “Love in All of its Manifestations.”

The event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Surplus Gallery inside the Glove Factory Studio Arts Building, at 432 S. Washington St. in Carbondale. Price for admission is $5. Separately, visitors also will have the opportunity to support The Women's Center in Carbondale with donations of canned and nonperishable food items, toiletries and hygiene products for its clients. "

Bringing it back to life

This is the 18th year of “Love,” though it took a hiatus and returned in 2018. Sieber, who also earned his undergraduate degree in glass, noted the event has long been “probably the most popular art show for the community to engage with art. It’s a really great time for everyone.”

The art can be adult-themed and intended for mature audiences. Many pieces also have tongue-in-check humor, so the event is not, therefore, suitable for children or minors.

Artist submissions sought

Artist submission is open to SIU students, faculty, and community artists. Artists who want to Artists who want to participate in the event should bring their exhibit submissions to the Surplus Gallery from 2 to 7 p.m., Feb. 12. The cost for each exhibit piece is $5. The exhibit piece fee includes one free admission to the event. 

Email C4@LoveAtTheGlove.com for special arrangements and scheduling needs.