Odes to the Great Lakes: GVSU exhibition showcases collaborative pieces

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Hoon Lee's "Threnody." Image: Marie Orttenburger.

Hoon Lee’s “Threnody.” Image: Marie Orttenburger.

Two department chairs at Grand Valley State University have curated an exhibition with collaborative works that showcase the Great Lakes region.

Patricia Clark, of the writing department, and Jinny Jenkins, of the art and design department, combined eight poets and eight visual artists–all with intimate connections to the region–into pairs and asked them to create works inspired by the Great Lakes. The resulting exhibition is called Great Lakes: Image & Word.

Marie Orttenburger spoke with Clark and Jenkins about the exhibition. She also spoke with two student composers who have created musical pieces inspired by the art.

Marie Orttenburger

Marie Orttenburger

The exhibition is open now until April 1 at the GVSU Performing Arts Center. The university will also be hosting some related events.

February 18, 1-1:45 p.m.: The History of Word & Art Ellen Adams will speak on the tradition of poet and artist collaborations.

February 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: New Music Ensemble Composition Competition The New Music Ensemble will perform student compositions inspired by the exhibition. Cash prizes are awarded.

March 24, 1-3 p.m.: Great Lakes: Image & Word Panel Discussion Exhibition artists and poets will discuss their collaborations and processes.

For more information, see the GVSU Art Gallery’s events webpage. For a full listing of contributing artists and poets, visit the exhibition’s webpage.

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