The association hosted the event to celebrate and generate funding for a newly finished terrace at the Louisville Water Tower Saturday.
Shannon Westerman, the art association's executive director, told The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal she was surprised by the turnout.
"It's an opportunity to celebrate bacon, which we all love, but it's also a chance to celebrate the visual arts," Westerman said. "The visual arts can be the conduit for a really good time, tying in the artwork but also good food, music and the public."
Westerman said she expected about 25 entries when the organization called for pig- or bacon-themed art from local artists. Instead, it received work from more than 100 artists and raised about $12,000 for art projects in the community.
Entries ranged from small pig figurines holding "piggy picket" signs urging people to "Eat more veggies," to a carbonated soft drink made from a locally produced ale infused with fat from pork bellies.
"It's exciting," said Proof on Main chef Michael Paley. "There's nothing wrong with an event devoted completely to bacon."
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