Robin Riggs

  • I have always been interested in food. After spending a sabbatical year with my family in Rennes, France, I had the opportunity to experience a culture that views food in a different way than the United States. As a result, I began exploring the American diet and our relationship to the food we buy in the average grocery store. I am interested in how we make food choices based on the packaging, presentation and perceived benefits. My work of food pyramids and hybrid, created foods, is a tongue-in-cheek look at distancing ourselves from all sources of natural food.
  • Robin Riggs has always been interested in food.  After spending a sabbatical year with her family in Rennes, France, she had the opportunity to experience a culture that views food in a different way than the United States. As a result, she began exploring the American diet and our relationship to the food we buy in the average grocery store. She is interested in how we make food choices based on the packaging, presentation and perceived benefits. Her work of food pyramids and hybrid, created foods is a tongue-in-cheek look at distancing ourselves from all sources of natural food. Robin holds a BA from Kenyon College and a MA from The Ohio State University. She lives in Champaign, Illinois with an agricultural economist and their two teenagers.


  • Selected Exhibitions

    2014
    “Observing American Culture” (two person show), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

    2013
    34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

    2012
    Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois, 19th Biennial, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, Illinois

    2011
    Elmhurst National, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois
    “American Made” (two person show), Open Gallery, Vincennes, Indiana

    2010
    Decatur Arts Council, Gallery 510, Decatur, Illinois
    Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois, 18th Biennial, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, Illinois

    2009
    Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

    2008
    Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois, 17th Biennial, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, Illinois
    Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

    2007
    Krempp Gallery, 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, Jasper, Indiana
    Springer Cultural Arts Center (group show), Champaign, Illinois

    2005
    “Glance” (three person show), Springer Cultural Arts Center, Champaign, Illinois
    Heartland Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

    Selected Awards

    Ronchetti Art Acquisition Endowment Purchase Award, Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois (2012)
    Juror Award (two pieces), Decatur Arts Council (2010)
    Merit Award, Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois (2010)
    Juror Award, Wabash Valley Exhibition (2009, 2008)
    Coles County Arts Council Award, Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois (2008)

    Additional Studies

    Parkland College (Champaign, Illinois)
    Centre des Arts Visuels (Montreal, Quebec)
    L’Atelier du Thabor (Rennes, France)

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