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UIndy artists collaborate for ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser

Empty Bowls ceramics group

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled. Visit for updates.

Empty Bowls - lunch for a good cause

Empty Bowls is an internationally recognized grassroots movement by artists around the world to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. This month, the experience is coming to the University of Indianapolis for the first time!

The concept is simple; participating artists create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the Schwitzer Student Center on March 26 for lunch.
  2. Choose a handmade ceramic bowl to take home with you.
  3. Fill that bowl with your choice of soup.
  4. Make a suggested minimum donation ($10 for UIndy students, $20 for all other guests) *CASH ONLY
  5. Enjoy!

100 percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. 

Three hundred ceramic bowls are being created by Department of Art & Design Assistant Professor Barry Barnes, current and former UIndy ceramics students and UIndy High School Day participants.

Empty Bowls, students making ceramics
See a bowl you like? Show up early on March 26 to make your selection!

An illustrated cookbook created by Department of Art & Design Assistant Professor Randi Frye and students in her creative digital practice classes will also be sold during the event for $20. *CASH ONLY

Empty Bowls cookbook

The cookbook features 80 recipes. University of Indianapolis faculty and staff were asked to contribute recipes that the students could use to work with, so a large portion of the recipes are from the Greyhound community.

Empty Bowls illustrated cookbook


Learn more about the event, taking place on campus Thursday, March 26