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Experience Food

Edible Palette

The Edible Palette is a color-coordinated banquet, exhibition and documentation meant to showcase the real world application of relational art. There is a history in art of food events organized by color, and more recently a new genre: relational art. Relational art or relational aesthetics is a mode or tendency in fine art practice originally observed and highlighted by French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud. Bourriaud defined the approach as "a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space."


Students in Applied Design* area classes will:


- create works of art and design in their respective mediums

- produce pieces which connect to food and food service, including furniture and pottery

- address relationships of food to human interactions

- build objects in clay, metal and wood which are functional and safe for food

- fabricate objects that are visually related to a specific food, its color, and its presentation

- collaborate on a relational art project

- discuss their works with a broad audience

- engage with the larger area community

* other areas of the School of Art+Design will be encouraged to take part as well


Event Details:


Date: March 20, 2015


Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Location:  School of Art + Design building


*participation is by invitation only


Faculty Leaders: 

Richard Burkett

School of Art and Design

Sondra Sherman

School of Art and Design

Matthew Hebert

School of Art and Design


palette with food
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