Troy University offers 'Edible Art' to the community

Posted: Monday, 02 February 2009

TROY – Troy University faculty will put their culinary and artistic skills to test in the College of Communication and Fine Arts’ fourth annual Edible Arts.

The event is from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Studio in downtown Troy and benefits the Troy Arts Council. Tickets, which may be purchased at the Johnson Center for the Arts or at the University’s Department of Art and Design in Malone Hall, are $15 for singles and $25 for couples.

“The College wanted Edible Arts to be a fundraising event for the Troy Arts Council because the arts council has been so generous in helping to fund several of our events at the University and also sponsor many artistic performances for the people of Troy and Pike County,” said Dean Maryjo Cochran. “We believe the Edible Art is a valuable project to help promote the good works of the Troy Arts Council.”

Cochran said the artwork will be judged by both patrons, who will be given five gold coins to use in voting, and by a celebrity panel. Once the awards have been made, the art becomes edible.

“Edible Art has become quite competitive among our faculty. Each one tries to come up with an edible art piece that is more outstanding than last year’s -- that’s a tall order,” she said. “What’s even more fun about this exhibit is that not only do you get to admire great works of art, you get to EAT them too.”

In addition to ticketed guests getting to “dig in” to art, live entertainment will be provided by TROY music professor Ray Smith and the University Jazz Ensemble. Wine and beer is also included in the ticket price.

“It’s a surprise just how much fun this event really is,” said Pam Allen, associate professor of fine art and one of the event’s coordinators. “Every year, it’s brand new and it’s not every day that one gets to see art and then tear into it.”

The Studio is located on East Walnut Street, across from the Johnson Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact Allen at 334-670-3808.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Lori Johnson garnered 2007’s first place prize with her Edible Art entry “The Pinta Sails to America” that featured pretzels as its main ingredient. Edible Art, organized by Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts, is slated for Feb. 10 at The Studio in downtown Troy. (TROY photo)