Mary Giehl: Rice is Life
April 2, 2014 - July 27, 2014
The Everson Biennial returns in 2014 with the Edge of Art Series. The first artist featured is Mary Giehl. Known for her innovation with both materials and concepts, Giehl turns her focus to world hunger in this installation. The sculptural bowls are made from rice and water, the food that so much of the world relies on for nourishment. The bowls are suspended from a world map, which illustrates globally the areas where hunger is greatest and populations rely on rice to live.
Rice is Life is also the inspiration for a campaign to raise awareness about hunger. On July 27 from noon to 5 p.m. when Rice is Life is taken down, the public is invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Central New York and receive a bowl to take home with them.This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.
This exhibition is made possible in part by M&T Bank, The Blanck Family Foundation, Bond Schoeneck & King, Cannon Pools and Spas, Destiny USA, First Niagara, Dietz Designs, The George L. Wladis Companies, Haylor, Fryer and Coon, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Lockheed Martin, The Peddler Foundation, SRC, Inc., Michael and Valerie Clarke, Patricia J. Numann, MD, David and Nancy Ridings, Louise Rosenfield, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Tonia M. and Robert B. Salisbury, Dr. Paul E. Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, and Catherine J. Winger.