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Ross Art Museum 'Edible by Design' Exhibition Focuses on Food Imagery

August 14, 2003

[ Boris Bally Sculptural Bottle Corks Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Consuming Passion: Edible by Design, an exhibition featuring 20 artists whose work focuses on artwork for the table, presentation of food and food images, will open on Thursday, Aug. 21 and run through Friday, Sept. 26 at Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum. The exhibit complements and is supported in part by OWU's Sagan National Colloquium public affairs speakers series, the theme of which this year is: "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics and Science."

Quilts with images of food, ceramic serving pieces, metal cups and saucers created with recycled food tins are some of the highlights of the exhibit. The artists have been drawn from around the country, and include several well-known Ohio artists, including Susan Shie and James Acord from Wooster, who work in fiber; metalsmiths Tom Muir of Perrysburg, professor of art at Bowling Green State University; Matthew Hollern of Cleveland, professor of art at the Cleveland Institute of Art; Susan Ewing of Oxford, professor of art at Miami University; ceramists Tom Turner and Gail Russell of Lewis Center; and Charles Beneke, a printmaker from Akron,and professor of art at the University of Akron.

A complementary exhibition of quilts featuring food images opens on the same date in Beeghly Library at Ohio Wesleyan. Titled a la Carte, the exhibit will feature quilts with a food theme by members of the local Art Quilt Alliance.

Curators of the exhibit are OWU alumna/artist Tammy Wallace; OWU professor of fine arts, Cindy Cetlin; and OWU assistant professor of fine arts, Phyllis Kloda.

"We were excited when we heard about the Colloquium theme and started thinking about all things related to food and food preparation," said Cetlin.

A reception for the artists will be held on Sept. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ross Art Museum, and a panel discussion has been set for the evening of Sept. 18. All are free and open to the public. Hours for the exhibition are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Cindy Cetlin at 740-368-3606.