Miami University Student Featured in the 13th Annual 'The Art of Food Exposition'

Art for Thought

By Miami University student, Beth Pfohl

OXFORD, Ohio – Estel Fortin considers herself an athlete, not an artist. In fact, she chose Miami University so that she could play midfield for varsity field hockey.

Fortin is a senior studying psychology with a minor in art therapy, but recently a piece from her first-ever painting class was featured in the 13th Annual The Art of Food Exposition at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky. More than 20 restaurants and culinary artists served up unique bites in galleries filled with food-inspired art and performances from local artists on February 22. 

Fortin’s showcased work came out of ART 231 taught by Michael Stillion. The assignment was to create a photo-real painting of food, and it just so happened that this assignment went right along with the theme of the exposition.

The Art of Food Exposition features works by local artists as well as local chefs for a unique and immersive art experience. Fortin said, “It was so fun to see how many people were there, not just because they would see my painting, but especially because everyone was having such a good time there! It made me so proud to be a part of it, and honestly...the food they were offering was delicious, so that alone already made it a great experience!”

Fortin may be pursuing her graduate degree in school psychology from Miami, but it sounds like she might have a future in art as well.

The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.