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Poetic. Aesthetic.

January 11, 2011 English | Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

University of Maryland’s The Art Gallery, in collaboration with the departments of English and Art, have partnered with national and international artists to create new works of visual art inspired by literature.

The exhibition entitled Poetic. Aesthetic. An Exploration of Creativity in Poetry and Visual Art  features 40 works in various media, including paintings, sculptures, videos, drawings, screen-printed posters, and installations. They are also joined by new video works inspired by poet Lucille Clifton’s The Book of Light performed by Jefferson Pinder, multi-media artist and UM assistant professor of art and high school students from area schools.

Poetic. Aesthetic. seeks to foster creative collaboration across artistic disciplines,” said Art Gallery Director and Curator John Shipman. “The artists in this exhibition explore the interaction between language and image and the implications of text itself as image,” Shipman said.

Each visual artist will create three new works of art based on the poems of one poet.

The artists exhibiting new works in the exhibition are: Kris Chau, Audra Buck-Coleman, Bill Dunlap, John Foster, Tim Gough, Dan Grzeca, Hero Design, David Hughes, Mirta Kupferminc, Ruth Lozner, Jefferson Pinder, Strawberryluna, Julianna Swaney, and James Thorpe.

The poets highlighted in this exhibition are: Elizabeth Arnold, R. Dwayne Betts, Lucille Clifton, Michael Collier, Jehanne Dubrow, Michael Glaser, Joseph Harrison, Ethan Huang, Linda Pastan, Maryland State Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Saul Sosnowski, Elizabeth Spires, and Joshua Weiner.