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Food for Thought
483 E Lockwood, #108
St. Louis, MO 63119

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Missouri
Entry Deadline: 5/23/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (Webster Arts): $25.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00

Food for Thought


Open to all artists, aged 18 or older, residing in the US

Entry Deadline: 5/16/2021
Entry Fee: $25.00 for 3 images, $5 for each additional image for a total of 10 images

EXHIBITION DATES: June 22 – August 6, 2021

Webster Arts is accepting submissions for Food for Thought, our summer art exhibition about FOOD. Throughout art history and across many artistic genres, food and beverages appear in visual art. From ancient Greek stone carvings of wine pressings to Wayne Thiebaud’s colorful paintings of cakes, artists have always depicted one of our most essential physiological needs: food. The juror for Food for Thought will consider works of art inspired by food items and related food themes such as food production, labor in food industries such as farming and restaurants, economic trade and food, food insecurity, food as a method of exploring cultures, the psychology of food, and much more. For Food for Thought, we will consider all media with the exception of video. Call or email if uncertain.

Webster Arts is a growing regional non-profit arts center that hosts national juried exhibitions in its 2000 square-foot gallery, a nationally ranked juried art fair, art outreach for recent refugees, a plein air competition, an autumn music series, and other community events. While the Webster Arts Gallery is currently closed, we are hosting this exhibition in person at Old Orchard Gallery.  Our patrons are sophisticated art consumers. An independent juror will select work for inclusion in the exhibit and for cash prizes. Artists may be selected for solo or 2 - 3 person shows in the future.


Sunday, May 23, 2021: Submission deadline
Tuesday, June 1, 2021: All artists notified by email
June 15 and 16, 2021: In person delivery of artwork
June 16, 2021: Deadline to receive shipped artwork
June 29, 2021: Opening reception at Old Orchard Gallery
August 9 - 11, 2021: In-person pick up. We will also begin shipping artwork back this week. 


$25 for up to three entries, $5 for each additional entry up to a total of 10 images

Entry fees are non-refundable


The exhibition is open to artists age 18 and older, residing in the US or abroad.


Holly Fann was raised surrounded by art. Her parents were avid and active collectors, and her father, a docent at the St Louis Art Museum, instilled his love of art history with her. Although she grew up just a block away from the majestic University City lions, she was thrilled to be able to receive her education through the Webster Groves school system. After graduating from Webster Groves High school, she attended The University of Missouri-Columbia, studying creative writing with the hopes to one day write professionally on the topic she was most passionate about - food and cooking. A move to the East coast and two years of rigorous, disciplined, study earned her a culinary degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. Holly cheffed in New York, before returning to St. Louis to marry her husband, Jonathan, and settle in Richmond Heights. She continued to cook professionally for another decade before accepting a position as a chef educator at L'ecole Culinaire. During her time at L'ecole, she was invited to be a food writer for The Riverfront Times. Holly eventually hung up her apron to write full time for the RFT and then Sauce magazine. Three years ago, she accepted a position writing for St. Louis Magazine and is a dining critic for the publication. She continues to write for several national food publications including Thrillist and Eater, using food as a vehicle to explore topics like race and identity, as well as penning plenty of restaurant reviews! She is both thrilled and honored to juror the "Food For Thought"' show. 

"Food is never just food," she says.  "It is a powerful sensory experience full of memory and shared history. Food can be used as one of the most elegant and nuanced lenses in which to explore the themes of family, identity, politics, culture, tradition and geography and how they intersect with each other."


The exhibition will consist of two- and three-dimensional work in all media. Wall pieces must be wired for hanging and no larger than 48″ X 48″. Free-standing pieces may not exceed 32″ X 32″ X 60″ or weigh more than 50 lbs. Accepted work cannot be substituted and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. No floor or ceiling installed work. No video.

All work must be the original conception and execution of the artist listed on the application. No reproductions. Photographs printed on canvas are NOT allowed without prior permission. Please do not submit work that has been exhibited in any Webster Arts gallery in the past, including Paint Webster.


Submit up to 10 JPEG digital images.

Upload options for image files:

File dimensions: 1000 to 1920 pixels on the longest side

File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

File size: 5 MB maximum


The artist is responsible for the cost of shipping or mailing artwork to and from Webster Arts using FedEx, UPS, USPS or DHL. A return shipping label and return postage must be included with the artwork. Artwork may also be hand-delivered to and picked up from Webster Arts on the appropriate dates during the scheduled times.

All artwork is insured for its declared value from the time it is received through the time it is picked up by the carrier. Artists are responsible for insuring artwork during transit. Webster Arts receives a 30% commission on all exhibition sales. Sales are encouraged.

Photographs of accepted artwork may be used for promotional purposes.


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