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Who We Are

The Friends of Art of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a group of everyday people who appreciate the arts and want to see them flourish.

What We Do

Becoming a member of the Friends of Art lets you share:

• Special activities such as lectures by visiting and resident artists;

• Free admission to workshops taught by well-known artists in a variety of disciplines;

• Inside information on the annual Friends of Art Auction, held each April.

• The knowledge that you are supporting various art and design activities that wouldn't happen without Friends of Art, such as art scholarships, awards for young artists, special art shows of national prominence, and a variety of workshops throughout the school year.

FOA was organized in 1977 in cooperation with the SIUE Department of Art & Design and the SIUE Foundation. We are not-for-profit and self-supporting. Activities are coordinated by a board of area people.

Probably the group's biggest event, certainly the biggest fund-raiser, is the art auction. Artworks and other appropriate "auctionables" are donated by university students, faculty and alumni, plus area art galleries and other businesses, and anyone who cares to donate.

This year’s auction will be held in the Art West Gallery located in the Art & Design West building on the SIUE campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a preview with bidding at 7 p.m.

Join Today

SIUE's Art & Design program has an excellent reputation among Midwestern universities and beyond. Since the opening of the Art & Design Building in 1993, that reputation is becoming even stronger.

You can become part of the excitement. It's easy and it doesn't cost much. So don't just think about it, become a friend of art today.

For more information please visit the Friends of Art Facebook Page.

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