Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Food and Society Art Show Opening Celebration at American International College 4/24/24

Art show opening celebration Wednesday 4/24/24 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Location: West Wing Gallery of the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, 1000 State Street, Springfield, MA Food will be served. You are invited to join us.

This semester, Midterm Projects focused on Food and Society created by students in Digital Photography 1 and 2, Graphic Design 2 and Cultivating Creativity. Student responded to the following assignment prompt:

What we eat, how food is produced, and the conditions of the workers who farm, prepare and serve food have huge implications for our lives.

Absorb the provided resources.  Or, you may have your own personal connection to Food and Society. Find an issue relating to Food and Society that resonates with you. Then, imagine how you would visually portray this issue. Finally, create the artwork to express your ideas.

(Click any image to enlarge it.)

Ingredients by Jermal Streeter, Digital Photo 2

To aid student research, Information Literacy Librarian Maxine Girard visited Professor Nordell's classes to explain using the Gale in Context: Environmental Studies Database. Maxine also made a tutorial video that shows effective use of the database.

Resources provided to students:
The Hidden Truth by Kaitlyn Baek, Cultivating Creativity

Taking the role of a curator, History of Art student Charlotte Tvelia distills the essence of the exhibition:

The following pieces illustrate the consequences of the processes and people involved in preparing the foods we consume. Each year, twice as much greenhouse gas is emitted from agriculture and farm usage compared to emissions from cars. As a society, we tend to overlook the workers involved and the compensation they receive working in industries ranging from farming, to serving in a restaurant. The students used a variety of art styles and mediums to convey these messages, as well as to encourage more eco-friendly practices in the foods we choose. 

Sustainable Agriculture by Grace Boisvert, Digital Photo 2

The Poison of Capitalism by Kendyl Vermette, Cultivating Creativity

GMO by Mar Busqueta, Digital Photo 1

Salt, taste and repeat if necessary by Taisha Jones, Graphic Design 2

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