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Education

New gallery shows off work of College of DuPage students

Chocolate sculptures on display in current exhibit at Techcetera student gallery

College of DuPage baking and pastry student Priscilla Leonard, 33, of Wheaton shows off her chocolate sculpture on display in the new Techcetera student art gallery at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn.
College of DuPage baking and pastry student Priscilla Leonard, 33, of Wheaton shows off her chocolate sculpture on display in the new Techcetera student art gallery at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn.

GLEN ELLYN – The chocolate sculpture that College of DuPage baking and pastry arts student Priscilla Leonard made for the new Techcetera student gallery at College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus looked good enough to eat.

Except you wouldn't want to eat it.

"It is technically edible," the 33-year-old Wheaton resident said. "To get everything to stick, you have to spray it with Endust. So it doesn't taste good. You wouldn't want to eat it, but you could."

Leonard's sculpture and the sculptures of other College of DuPage culinary students will continue to be on display in the Techcetera student gallery through Dec. 15. Techcetera is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and is located across from the Wings Gallery in the Student Services Center, Room 2211, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

This was the first time Leonard had used her culinary skills to create a sculpture, which she admitted was a stressful experience.

"It's really nerve-wracking doing it, but afterwards, it's like, 'Whoa, this is really cool. I'm so happy I have this done and that I was able to have this experience,''' Leonard said. "But when you're doing it, you're just terrified that you are going to break stuff off. Because you are."

College of DuPage culinary students made their own molds and airbrushed the work using pigment and cocoa butter. Leonard said she spent more than 40 hours to make the sculpture, and she is proud of her work.

"It's pretty good for a first-timer," she said. "It was worth the effort and the time, just because you get to see this complete work of art and now I know I can do it."

Leonard said she hopes to graduate from College of DuPage in the spring and wants to use her baking and pastry arts degree to become a breadmaker. The chocolate sculpture exhibit is only the second public display in the Techcetera gallery.

It recently opened with the inaugural exhibit Fracture, a video game designed by College of DuPage students Lexie Wilterdink, Tucker Wolf, Sam Wohlrab and Adel Labadi.

"[College of DuPage President Ann] Rondeau wanted to have a space to highlight creative work for students who weren't necessarily in fine art classes," Justin Witte, art gallery curator for the various galleries on the College of DuPage campus, said. "A lot of students in culinary arts or video game design or architecture are doing a lot of interesting projects, but there was no central location to showcase their work."

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