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Understanding culture through food focus of Milner art exhibit

Poster of the <em>Food for Thought<em> exhibit, with the words Food for Thought in multiple colors and surrounded by outlines of herbs.

Poster of the Food for Thought exhibit, with the words Food for Thought in multiple colors and surrounded by outlines of herbs.

A new design exhibit at Illinois State University highlights the work of students to bring cultural understanding with food.

FOOD for THOUGHT: Understanding Cultural Identity and Heritage Through Food will be on display at Milner Library from April 19-May 14. An opening reception will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Milner. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is the result of an Art 315 class, where students focused on multicultural, social, and service design projects. Professor of Graphic Design Archana Shekara asked students to create information design posters about one dish from their ancestral country and trace the food’s history, ingredients, and relevance.

“Through conversations with their family, students discovered the significance of the food they had long taken for granted,” said Shekara. “Each poster expresses the artist’s unique cultural background. Food for Thought invites audiences to celebrate different heritages through diverse cuisine.”

For additional information on the exhibit, contact Shekara at ashekar@ilstu.edu, or Milner’s Colleen Rice at cglongo@ilstu.edu.

 

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