The Art of Food


Food is vital to our lives, but its concepts and standards are as diverse as the culture that consumes it. What is the connection between food and art? The Art of Food, calls for artists and writers who seek to explore representations of food, food consumption, food production, culinary traditions and emotional manifestations of this relationship. This juried show is open to all art media including the written word, traditional to contemporary work, 2D or 3D, using a singular method or using a variety of techniques and imaginative interpretations.

Exhibition Dates: August 3 through September 27, 2012

Bowen Center for the Arts
334 Hwy 9 N
P.O. Box 849
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 to 4:00,
Saturday, Noon to 4:00

Visual artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces for jurying. Jury fee is $35 for nonmembers of DCAC and $25 for members of DCAC. Checks must be made payable to Dawson County Arts Council. Cash or credit card can be submitted by stopping by the Bowen Center for the Arts during gallery hours.

Writers are invited to submit up to 2 pieces for jurying. Writers may submit any type of prose or poetry dealing with food, such as meal preparation, sharing meals or food production, like growing vegetables or raising cattle. It can be a story regarding the emotional connection through food such as a family dinner or an antidote of food preparation gone wrong. Writer jury fee is $10 for nonmembers of DCAC and $5 for members of DCAC. Writers may send work via e-mail to (or if handwritten mailed to the P.O. Box above or hand delivered to the above address) Works should be kept to no more than 1000 words. Accepted pieces will be displayed in a way gallery visitors can read and enjoy them. 

Distinguished Jurist – Kathy Rennell Forbes
Kathy Rennell Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia. The artist has exhibited in many solo art shows and has won awards in local, regional and national shows. She teaches art classes in the Atlanta area and workshops around the country. Kathy works in watercolors, acrylics and oils. Her representational paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Australia and Europe, to include the French Olympic Committee in Paris. She is a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and past President and is a Member of Excellence in the Atlanta Artists Center. For more information see

Distinguished Writer’s Jurist- Tonette Long
Tonette Taylor Long earned her Ph.D. in British Literature from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her M.A. in British Lit. and her B.A. in French are from Auburn University. Excluding seven years of graduate school teaching, she has taught at the college or university level for eighteen years. She authored a reference book, edited a collection of scholarly essays, and published a number of scholarly articles and reviews on Southern women writers. See more at


  • All entries, writing and art, must be original of the artist and have not been shown in the Bowen Center. Limited to three original pieces per artist. Entries may be sent via e-mail or on a CD in a digital format
  • No copies from other artist’s or published material, and not done under supervision in a workshop or class.  The juror will have the final authority on eligibility.
  • Works to be hung must be ready for hanging with all necessary hardware in place.    IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT PLEXIGLAS BE USED ON SHIPPED PAINTINGS. 
  • All entries will be juried from a digital image.
  • Images on CD should be large print quality
  • All CDs must be marked with artist’s name and title of work.
  • Entries must be postmarked by June 16, 2012
  • All information given on the original entry as to title, size and price must remain the same on the accepted entry.
  • Any entry considered offensive or not meeting exhibition criteria may be rejected by the juror at his sole discretion.

Accepted work:
Artists and writers will be notified by e-mail no later than by June 30, 2012. Artists whose work has been accepted will receive additional instructions for delivery of artwork for hanging as well as requirements for other show collateral (biographical details, etc.)

Liability and Sales:  The DCAC will not be held responsible for lost or damaged CDs.  All reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure protection of submitted work upon receipt.  No liability can be assumed by DCAC during the exhibition or during storage for damage incurred or loss of work while in transit or at exhibition.  Artists are advised to arrange their own shipping and exhibition insurance.

June 16, 2012………………..Deadline for accepting work
June 30, 2012 ……………. Notification of judge’s selection
July 25-27, 2012…………Shipped or hand delivered work due
August 2, 2012 ……………Show opens
August 11, 2012……………Awards and artist reception 2 to 4
September 28, 2012 …..Pick up all work

Throughout August and September events such as chefs’ shows, hands-on food preps, cupcake wars, and BBQ competitions will be ongoing.

Awards and Prizes

Visual art:

Best in Show …$500
Award of Merit (1) … $250
Honorable Mentions … $125

Writing Art:

Best Literary Piece … $150
Literary Award of Merit …$75
Literary Honorable Mentions … $50


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