Arts & Culture

It's a Great Kentucky Bake Off at UK Art Museum

photo of blueberry pie with blueberries on top and to side
Compete, or just eat, at UK Art Museum's upcoming "From Scratch: Pie Contest" on Aug. 3.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 26, 2019) Food is in the spotlight this summer at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. With the exhibition "Off the Menu: Looking at Food" on display, the "feastivities" continue. Next up, one for the bakers. Mark your calendars for Aug. 3, when the museum will present "From Scratch: Pie Contest."

For this competition, UK Art Museum invites amateur bakers to bring in a made from scratch dessert pie to be judged by the following panel: alumna Pat Gerhard, owner of Third Street Stuff & Coffee; ribbon-winning baker Rachel Shane, chair of the UK Department of Arts Administration; and alumnus Dan Wu, chef and owner of Atomic Ramen at The Summit at Fritz Farm. In order to be judged, pies should be brought to the President's Room at the Singletary Center for the Arts between noon and 1 p.m. Judging will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Good pie, is like good art, it conjures memories, evokes emotion and creates a shared experience," Shane said. "This contest allows the community to share their talent and inventiveness through their baking skills. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the visual and culinary arts together in one event.”

And for those not as talented in the kitchen, don't despair. The awards ceremony and pie sampling are open to the public beginning at 3 p.m. in the Presidents Room.

There will be five categories that the celebrity guest judges will evaluate: Best Design, Best Taste, Best Traditional, Best Radical and Best Overall. Each category winner will receive a UK Art Museum membership and merchandise, the Best Overall winner will also receive a $50 cash prize.

In order to enter the contest, you must be an amateur baker and over the age of 18. Bakers are only allowed to enter one pie and it must be made from scratch and delivered in a disposable pie pan. Contestants should email with your full name, mailing address, phone number, type of pie and list of all ingredients by Aug. 1.

Looking for something to do before indulging? Check out the museum's Family Day event beginning at 2 p.m. Join the young artists whose works are featured in the "Kid’s Table" exhibition for a discussion of their favorite foods and art-making experiences

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.

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