Members Open: FOOD FIGHT: Call for Entries

A form of chaotic, spontaneous, collective behavior comes together for the Society of Illustrators 28th Members Open: FOOD FIGHT


EXTENDED! Deadline for framed art received at the Society of Illustrators: 
Oct.20, 2017

On display: Oct. 31 - Dec. 30

Opening Reception: Nov. 3

Starting with the emblematic still-life paintings of the Renaissance, artists have found ways to make food look mouthwatering on canvas.  Food holds a special place in visual culture and illustrations of food are an ongoing obsession with artists. The Surreal portrait paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldo created strange and compelling whimsical portraits in which facial features were composed of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Wayne Thiebaud painted rows of pies and cakes that brought to mind advertisements and childrens toys. Figure With Meat, by Francis Bacon, depicts his long fascination with butcher shops, while Salvador Dali’s cult cookbook, Les Diners De Gala depicts his surrealistic connection to food. Regardless of how artists became inspired to use food as an art medium, it’s the result of a long tradition of food in art.

Artist members (Illustrator, Illustrator-S, Educator) of the Society are asked to illustrate their favorite depiction of FOOD and create it in any medium and size of their choice.

A jury will determine the best among the entries to receive the Stevan Dohanos Award.

At the conclusion of the SI exhibit, approximately 40 chosen pieces from the exhibit will tour to FTC The Warehouse/StageOne Art Place Gallery in Fairfield County.

Curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry



Who can enter: Any Illustrator, Illustrator-S, or Educator Member of the Society of Illustrators.

Deadline: Art must be received by the Society by October 20th!

Guidelines for Art: It is up to our Members to represent the Society at the highest level in this exhibition, which will be viewed by the public and all the remarkable art communities of New York City. Art may be created in any medium including oil, watercolor, digital, collage, etc. No size requirements. Work must be framed with wire on the back ready to hang. The Society will be using safety clips to secure art to the walls. For this reason we request wood frames. Email  to receive the Artist Agreement.  Agreement must be filled out before work can hang in the exhibit. 


Email to receive the Artist Agreement. Agreement must be filled out before work can hang in the exhibit.