Date: May 12, 2006
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, May 12, 2006 - The meaning of poetry is in the image it evokes. Its strengths are in the emotions it stirs and the reactions it causes.
The Art Department at Governors State University is sponsoring “Dialogues,” an art exhibit that draws on the power of poetry to inspire the visual arts. Fourteen local artists used published poetry to inspire their creations. With the poems as their muse, they created visual representations of what the poems meant to them.
The exhibit runs from June 1 to June 27, at the Visual Arts Gallery on the GSU campus, 1 University Parkway, University Park. A public reception will be held on June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the gallery.
“Poetry and the visual arts are intrinsically intertwined, deeply rooted as they are in the imagination,” explains coordinator of the exhibit Shanti Thayil of Park Forest.
The contributors to the exhibit are either former faculty members or graduates of GSU. They include: Mary Bookwalter of Crete, Carla Carr of Joliet, Javier Chavira of Chicago, Maureen Cribbs of Park Forest, Marlene Gallagher of Park Forest, Eve Jensen of New Lenox, Jan Miester of Crete, Darnell Moore of Richton Park, Pat Moore of Park Forest, Melinda Myrow of Boulder, Colorado, John Ray of Park Forest, Luise Renner of Frankfort, Roger Paris of Crete, and Grant White of East Chicago Heights.
The poets who inspired the artwork represent different nationalities and a variety of styles. The poets include Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Omar Khayyam, and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as Japanese Haiku and a Psalm by King David.
The gallery at GSU is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about “Dialogues,” call (708) 534-4021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.