Student artist works for a cause

March 25, 2008

Chanan Delivuk spent hours crafting 269 paper chickens for an art installation showcasing her belief in the importance of not eating meat. Each second, 269 chickens are killed for food in the U.S., according to a figure Delivuk found from 2000.

“As a vegan and a minority in society, I feel art is one way to communicate to others what it means to be vegan and how it is a lifestyle and not just a ‘diet,” she says. “I enjoy working on ways to promote veganism through painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation and fabric works.”

Delivuk is one of seven seniors presenting their work during the Art and Art History Departmental Honors Exhibition, “7 Ugly Ducklings,” March 25-April 4 in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The show is free and open to the public. For information and gallery hours, call 410-857-2595.

Delivuk, an Art and Art History major, is a raw vegan, which means that she eats a diet consisting of primarily uncooked fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables. She consumes no meat, milk or eggs, and does not wear or use products containing animal by products.

Her other works include an installation involving human-looking flesh placed in deli meat counters, a sculpture showing a baby drinking milk from a cow’s teat, and artwork featuring the animal testing policies of major corporations.

No stranger to activism, Delivuk is a campus leader who is on the executive board of the Black Student Union, teaches art weekly to the Boys and Girls club in Westminster, and has taught at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. She is a panelist on the McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network discussion at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in McDaniel Lounge, featuring women who are making a positive difference in their communities and the world.

“I did not take art until my sophomore year here at McDaniel, and feel that because it has changed my life in such dramatic ways that I am meant to help create change for others.”

The first member of her family to go to college, Delivuk hopes to become a professor or a community artist in order to create change through art. She is currently applying to graduate schools and has already received acceptance letters.