art from Love at the Glove

February 07, 2024

‘Love at the Glove’ 2024 is set for Feb. 16

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The annual “Love at the Glove” Valentine’s Day art show tradition returns on Feb. 16 with an exhibition featuring works from Southern Illinois University Carbondale students, faculty and the community.

The student-run art show is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Surplus Gallery inside the Glove Factory Studio Arts Building, 432 S. Washington St., Carbondale. Admission is $5. Proceeds from door entry and artwork submissions will benefit Critical Forum, also known as C4, a registered student organization on campus. Artwork sales are negotiated between prospective buyer and artist, with inquiries made on a case-by-case basis. Artwork prices will not be listed at the gallery but can be provided on a separate label by the artist, if desired. Critical Forum will have the contact information for all artists and artwork on display.

Adult-themed evening

The evening will also feature a live drag performance from Faim Lee Jewls performing adaptations from “Bugsy and Other Stories” by Rafael Frumkin, an assistant professor of English in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. There will also be an open mic, food and drinks.

The art can be adult-themed and is intended for mature audiences. Many pieces also have tongue-in-check humor, so the event is not, therefore, suitable for children or minors. As with all exhibitions, the artwork represents the viewpoints of its creators, not SIU Carbondale.

The event will also allow for donations to The Rainbow Café through a link provided with a livestream of the event.

Artist submissions sought

The $5 entry fee includes one free artwork submission, with a $5 fee for each additional artwork submitted. Artists are responsible for installation.

Artists who want to participate should bring their submissions to the Surplus Gallery, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 12-15. Dropoff times are 3-6 p.m. Feb. 12; 5-7 p.m. Feb. 13; noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, and 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15.

For more information or special arrangements or scheduling needs, contact the Surplus Gallery at