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The Child Within
Aug
31
to Oct 31

The Child Within

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” Pablo Picasso

***Accepting artwork: August 28 & 29th (11:30-7)
Opening Reception: September 6th (6-8 PM)

*** Please note that the drop off & reception dates have changed! Drop off will be on Wednesday and Thursday (with extended hours).

“The Child Within” is a collaborative show which invites artists to see the world again through the eyes of a child and be inspired.  Participants may select a piece from our database of works provided by young artists at Locust Street Elementary, which will serve as a starting point for their own creative interpretation.  Artists will then re-imagine, recreate, or elaborate on the visual prompt provided by their child collaborator.  See where your creativity might take you if you allow the honestly, intuition, and pure wonder of a child’s imagination be your muse and your guide.

Things to remember:
-Artists may submit one piece of work for this show.
-ALL WORK must be wired and legibly signed on the back prior to drop off at CAL. 3D work must be clearly labeled and prepared for presentation.
- Everyone must pay an entry fee. Entry fees help cover costs of the Opening Reception and hiring a juror.
- Work submitted cannot be juried out from a previous show.
- Work must be clean (no dirt, dust, hair, etc.) prior to drop off.

  • Each person gets to choose one picture to use as an inspiration for their artwork. You choose a piece by selecting it and purchasing the entry fee for that image. That image will then be no longer available for anyone else to use. Only those who have selected a piece and paid the entry fee will be entered into this show.

  • This is a juried show, so picking a piece and paying your entry fee does not guarantee your artwork will be in the show.

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Sparkling Arts
Nov
2
to Jan 14

Sparkling Arts

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” - Don Miguel Ruiz

***Accepting Artwork October 30 & 31 (11:30-7)
Opening Reception: November 8 (6-8)

*** Please note that the drop off & Reception dates have changed! Drop off will be on Wednesday and Thursday (with extended hours).

Unthemed, unjuried, and confined only by the limits of our artist’s imagination, our Sparkling Arts show has a little something for everyone. From paintings, to jewelry, to furniture, our artists have the freedom to create unique and diverse pieces, that are sure to enchant you. Come visit us, check out an array of pieces submitted by our talented artists, and take something home for a special someone.

This show is only open to current members of the Columbia Art League. Learn more about membership and join here.

Entry Form:

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Jun
18
to Aug 28

Members' Summer Open

Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. - Leon Trotsky

*** Accept Artwork: June 12 (11:30-7) and 13 (11:30-7)
Opening Reception: June 21 (6-8)

*** Please note that the drop off dates have changed! Drop off will be on Wednesday and Thursday (with extended hours).

Our Member’s Summer open is an annual show, that has something different to offer each year. Always a fan favourite, due to it’s unpredictable nature, this show has no theme or jury. Resulting in an amazing range of creative projects from our artists, from all shapes, sizes, and mediums. Diverse, exciting, and full of possibilities, come check out our Member’s show

Interesting in joining the Art League? Connect with us at ColumbiaArtLeague.org/membership

Things to remember:
-Artists may submit one piece of work for this show.
-ALL WORK must be wired and legibly signed on the back prior to drop off at CAL. 3D work must be clearly labeled and prepared for presentation.
- Everyone must pay an entry fee. Entry fees help cover costs of the Opening Reception and hiring a juror. Artists pay one entry fee regardless of how many pieces they submit (Members- $15, Student Members- $10)
- Work submitted cannot be juried out from a previous show.

WE HAVE REACHED ARTWORK CAPACITY
If you have already filled out the form online you can still drop off your piece and pay your entry fee at CAL until 7:00 pm June 13th, 2019.

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Apr
23
to Jun 14

Icon

“In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes” –Andy Warhol

***Accept Artwork: April 17 (11:30-7) and 18 (11:30-7)
Opening Reception: April 26 (6-8)

*** Please note that the drop off dates have changed! Drop off will be on Wednesday and Thursday (with extended hours).

This show invites artists to explore the power of symbolic imagery and the legacy of humanity’s pursuit of the ideal in representative form.  From the surprisingly evocative cave paintings of our distant ancestors, to the opulent religious iconography of the Middle Ages, to the carefully crafted image of the modern pop star, we ask artists to consider the beguiling and enigmatic power of the icon. When does icon become idol?  When does admiration morph into obsession? And when does identification with the symbol itself usurp the power of the idea it stands for?  Our favorite brands, our familiar flags, our colorful ribbons for causes: these things can become little badges proclaiming our identities and our ideals, real or aspirational, but do they really define us? Amidst the visual panoply of the digital age, we ask artists to help us take a closer look, to reflect on the iconography that is all around us, and consider the ways we are shaped by it.

Things to remember:
-Artists may submit up to two pieces of work for this show.
-ALL WORK must be wired and legibly signed on the back prior to drop off at CAL. 3D work must be clearly labeled and prepared for presentation.
- Everyone must pay an entry fee. Entry fees help cover costs of the Opening Reception and hiring a juror. Artists pay one entry fee regardless of how many pieces they submit (Members- $15, Non-members- $25, Student Members- $10, Student non-members- $15)

FULL EXHIBTION GUIDELINES HERE

Entry Form:

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Feb
26
to Apr 19

Truth (?)

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

*** Accept Artwork February 20 (11:30-7) and 21 (11:30-7)
Opening Reception: March 8 (6-8)

*** Please note that the drop off dates have changed! Drop off will be on Wednesday and Thursday (with extended hours).

It has been suggested by some philosophers  that the ultimate purpose of art is the acquisition of truth – a transcendent notion, to be sure – but the well-crafted image or story can also obscure, confuse, and mislead. We entreat artists to probe their experience in a world some have described as post-truth, a world of fake news, manipulation machines, and digital avatars. In such a climate, perhaps truth can be found in the ecstatic experience of a sunset, or the simple softness of a flower petal, the bliss of love, the pangs of loss, or the universality of inevitable human suffering. Perhaps truth has many faces, many disguises, and many veils. What is your truth?

The ancient philosopher, Plato, believed that the artist was, at best, an insufficient imitator of truth, at worst, a reckless charlatan and a liar. We wonder, can the mere mortal artist ever reveal the Platonic notion of true Form? Can any given apple ever attain the eternal and everlasting notion of “appleness” which endures in our minds, even as the real thing rots away? Does truth exist only beyond the veil of eternity or is it to be found in the solid facts of the material world? Perhaps, as Descartes suggests, only our consciousness is a fact. “I think, therefore, I am.” Only the existence of our own experience is undeniable. Can truth come from within, or should even our senses and most basic assumptions not be trusted?

Things to remember:
-Artists may submit up to two pieces of work for this show.
-ALL WORK must be wired and legibly signed on the back prior to drop off at CAL. 3D work must be clearly labeled and prepared for presentation.
- Everyone must pay an entry fee. Entry fees help cover costs of the Opening Reception and hiring a juror. Artists pay one entry fee regardless of how many pieces they submit (Members- $15, Non-members- $25, Student Members- $10, Student non-members- $15)

FULL EXHIBTION GUIDELINES HERE

Entry Form:

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Jan
8
to Feb 22

Gluttony

Curiosity is gluttony.  To see is to devour. –Victor Hugo

Accept artwork: January 4 (11:30-6) and January 5 (11-5)
Opening Reception: January 11 (6-8)

Each year, our annual food-themed show invites artists and viewers alike to partake in an opulent visual feast, exploring the complexity of our relationship to the edible.  In this show, CAL’s walls feature depictions of consumption, indulgence, obsession, and desire, juxtaposed with simple pleasures, sweet nostalgia, comfort, and even reverence for the precious morsels that sustain us.  Here, artists are encouraged to explore that which tempts their most gluttonous appetites, or remind us of the perils of our own intemperance.

Things to remember:
-Artists may submit up to two pieces of work for this show.
-ALL WORK must be wired and legibly signed on the back prior to drop off at CAL. 3D work must be clearly labeled and prepared for presentation.
- Everyone must pay an entry fee. Entry fees help cover costs of the Opening Reception and hiring a juror. Artists pay one entry fee regardless of how many pieces they submit (Members- $15, Non-members- $25, Student Members- $10, Student non-members- $15)

Full Exhibtion Guidelines HERE

Entry Form:

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Nov
13
to Jan 4

Give a Gift of Art

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no theme for this unjuried show, which is only open to current CAL members.  We simply ask that members consider entering work that may make a good gift for art-loving holiday shoppers.

We will be accepting artwork for this show on Friday, November 9th (11:30-6), and Saturday, November 10th (11-5).

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16th, 6-8 PM @ CAL

Please complete the entry form below prior to dropping off your artwork at CAL.

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Oct
13
to Oct 14

Boone County Art Show

Please join us for the annual Boone County Art Show!

October 13-14, 2018 @ The Central Bank of Boone County (720 E Broadway)

The Columbia Art League and the Central Bank of Boone County invite you to celebrate the annual Boone County Art show with us! Students, Members of CAL, and residents of Boone County are invited to submit a piece of art to the show. Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the entry form.

Entry forms are due September 29th to CAL via online submission or drop-off at the gallery. There is no entry fee. Artists will drop off work at the Bank on October 12th, from 6-7 PM.

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Aug
28
to Nov 9

Arcana

“It seems that these old cards were conceived deep in the guts of human experience, at the most profound level of the human psyche. It is to this level in ourselves that they will speak.” ― Sallie Nichols

Far from just a tawdry fortune telling device, the Tarot is shrouded in mystique and intrigue.  What is it about this strange system of images and symbols, uncanny and yet so familiar, that continues to fascinate and beguile us? The 78-card deck is made up of 4 suits and 22 trump cards often referred to, respectively, as the minor and major “arcana”. The cards present us with archetypes, an iconography of collectively inherited images and symbols which cross human culture and time - the Fool, the Hermit, the Hanged Man, the Lovers, the Devil, Death, and more.  Through them we see ourselves, our common journey reflected in the great mythos, incarnations of the same images we see across fairytale and folklore.  Visually rich and steeped in symbolism, the possible interpretations of the archetypes presented in the deck are infinite, and have been mused over by artists for centuries.  We invite our artists to do the same, and contribute to the creation of a collaborative deck that is truly one of a kind.  Draw your card, contemplate, interpret, create, and in the process learn what may be in the cards for you.

*Entry Process: Participating artists are invited to come into the gallery to draw their card Tuesday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 7th, 11 AM – 5PM.  Participation is limited to the number of cards in the deck, and artists will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.  Important Note: Once you pull your card from the deck, your fate is sealed.  You must commit to completing your contribution to the deck by the deadline.  The whole project is counting on you!

We will be accepting artwork on Friday, August 24th, and Saturday, August 25th.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 31st, 6-8 PM @ CAL

Please complete the entry form prior to dropping off your work at CAL.

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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Jun
26
to Aug 24

Summer Open

“Creativity takes courage.” -Henri Matisse

Our Members’ Summer Open is an annual showcase of our talented community of CAL artist members.  

There is no theme for this unjuried show.  If you’d like to submit, but are not currently a member of CAL, join here.

We will be accepting artwork on Friday, June 22nd, and Saturday, June 23rd.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 29th, 6-8 PM @ CAL

Complete the Entry Form online prior to coming to CAL.

Name *
Name
Address
Address
Phone
Phone
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
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May
1
to Jun 23

Critters

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France

The late spring show is an homage to the kingdom Animalia: the furry, the feathered, the slimy, and the scaled; the creatures of the land, the sea, and the sky. Throughout mythology, animals have come to represent all aspects of human nature including our compassion, our cunning, and our cruelty. To mirror our love, fear and wonder of the animal kingdom, artists are invited to celebrate the critters that share our planet, capture our imagination, and steal our hearts.

We will be accepting artwork for this show on Friday, April 27th, and Saturday, April 28th from 11-5 either day.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th, 6-8 PM @ CAL

Please complete the following Entry Form prior to bringing your work to CAL.

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
$
$
Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.

Artwork by Hope Martin

Artwork by Hope Martin

With thanks to our show sponsor,

Stephens College!

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Stranger Than Fiction
Mar
13
to Apr 27

Stranger Than Fiction

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Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2016 was surreal. A concept bequeathed to the public by a quirky group of Frenchmen.  Surreal literally means beyond real and conjures images of the bizarre and the unusual, the unbelievable and uncanny, as well as freakish, unearthly dreamscapes; worlds that are truly Stranger than Fiction.  We invite artists to explore the fantastic and the strange. It’s time to channel your inner Dali, Picasso, Miro, Magritte or Giacometti and juxtapose reality with the impossible!

We will be accepting artwork for this show on Friday, March 9th from 11-6 and Saturday, March 10th from 11-5.

The juror will be Doug Freed, a working artist and art professional in Mid-Missouri: https://www.dougfreed.com/index.cfm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 16th, 6-8 PM @ CAL

“The objective of Surrealism is to make use of the dream, which will open the way to the Great Mystery of Life in the cause of his own art.” - Nathalia Brodskaia

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Indulge
Jan
16
to Mar 9

Indulge

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” - Ruth Reichl

In this show, we invite artists to explore the art of eating.  Artists’ connection to food tells us much about the time, place, and culture in which they lived. Our relationship with food can be complicated, tangled up with the need for survival, with our primal connection to land and community, and fraught with emotions from guilt to pleasure! In this show, artists are encouraged to Indulge and serve up a veritable feast for the eyes.

We are accepting artwork for this show on Friday, January 12th, and Saturday, January 13th.

Information for submitting artists: Indulge is a juried show open to CAL members and non-members. Artists are invited to submit up to two works for the juror's consideration. Artwork should be submitted on Friday 12rd or Saturday 13th of January, 11am-5pm both days. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Please note that all artwork must be for sale, be no larger than 48” in any one direction, have been completed in the last two years, and have neither been in a previous CAL gallery show nor juried out of a CAL show. All paintings must be completely dry and all work must be WIRED – we cannot hang work that does not have a wire - and labeled on the back with the artist’s name. Artist entry fee (per person, not per work) is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

The juror is Don Luper, Art Instructor, from State Fair Community College.

Opening Reception- Friday, January 19th, 6-8 PM @ CAL

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Aug
25
to Nov 3

Interpretations V

Interpretations: A marriage of 40 visual artists and 40 literary artists, each submitting one work of his/her own choice with any theme. Then, an art swap: Each visual artist receives a work from one of the writers; each literary artist receives an artwork. The task for each artist and writer: to create a second work of art or piece of writing, which is his or her interpretation of the other artist’s work. The result: A show of 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing. The aim of the show: A reminder that we all see the world differently; our interpretations of the world around us are uniquely ours. How will each artist interpret the other artist’s work? How will the viewer interpret the written words and artworks in the show? This will be the fifth year of this extraordinary show. You can see all of the previous years’ entries in the InterpretationsInterpretations II, III and IV books, available to view or purchase at the Columbia Art League.

 

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Scapes
May
9
to Jun 23

Scapes

There’s a reason galleries around the world are filled with so many landscapes, seascapes and fantastical dreamscapes: at some point in our daily lives, we all crave an escape. For some that’s gazing out onto a golden hayfield beneath a huge mid-western sky, for others a view of a tumultuous ocean, or a languid wild-flower carpeted meadow, or maybe a view into another dimension, to a world other than our own.

In Scapes artists are invited to transform the gallery into a myriad of views - an exploration of the world we live in and worlds beyond, from the prosaic humdrum scapes of daily life, to inspirational views and escapist fantasies.

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Comestible
Mar
14
to May 5

Comestible

Language loves food: cornucopia, ambrosia, delicatessen, confectionery, aphrodisiac, and the show’s title, comestible, are such lovely words upon the tongue, that they almost have their own flavor. Just as food has inspired such a decadent linguistic feast, so too has it provided a font of creativity for the visual artist: think of those heaving tables of the Dutch Baroque period, Arcimboldo’s surreal fruit portraits, Cezanne’s apples, Thiebaud’s Cakes or the jello art of contemporary British food artists, Bompas and Parr.

In Comestible artists are invited to explore our love of food, its role as both a necessity and a luxury in a world where gluttony is far outpaced by hunger.

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