The Poetic Dialogue Project 2006: Poetry: Women: Art

Beth Shadur,
Lois Roma-Deeley,
Prof. Robin Behn,
Mirjana Ugrinov,
Laura Cloud
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Presenters: Artists: Beth Shadur, Mirjana Ugrinov, Laura Ann Cloud Poets: Lois Roma-Deeley, Robin Behn The Poetic Dialogue Project 2006 would be a presentation based on the exhibition that has toured the United States since 2004 in several different permutations. The project has been a collaboration of women visual artists and poets, who have created works in an ongoing dialogue with one another.

The exhibition and program The Poetic Dialogue Project 2005 presented ekphrasis, in which each poet was asked to respond to specifically chosen works of visual art. The poet was asked to “read” the work of art, to create a relationship between text and image, to address the idea of narrative and frozen moment, and to establish a relationship between the sister arts of visual art and poetry. Visual art works were used to trigger the development of words, text, thought and idea in a collaboration that is natural in the feminist context. Each poet chose several works to address in writing, and then was asked to consider in our public program the parallel creative process for poet and artist.

The Poetic Dialogue project has created a continuing dialogue between poet and artist, a dialogue that has taken on the forms of creating new works, and oral and written exchange. The first exhibition in 2004 featured visual art works that were made in response to poetry by each of six poets. This particular exhibition in 2005-2006 emphasizes works of ekphrasis, where works of visual art themselves become the muse for each poet. The excitement of this project has been in the creation of new works, and in artist and poet taking their work in new directions. Poets are creating pictures through words, while artists are thinking of text in relationship to their work. The creative process has been enriched by our collaboration, and it is our hope to continue this process in future collaborations of text and image.

Our presentation for the conference would include a visual presentation of the works created for this ongoing exhibition, poetry readings by two poets of the collaborative works they created, and presentations by the visual artists on the parallel creative process of the making of visual art. A discussion will follow, with interaction from the audience.

Keywords: Ekphrasis, Visual Art, Poetry, Creative Process
Stream: Analysing Artforms
Presentation Type: Colloquium in English
Paper: Poetic Dialogue Project 2006, The

Beth Shadur

Executive Director, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Beth Shadur is an artist who has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs, CO. She has created over 125 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain. She is an Artist-in –Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, IL. She has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO; and most recently as a visiting artist and scholar at Paradise Valley Community College in Scottsdale, AZ. Shadur’s work appears in many publications, books and catalogues, including Twentieth Century Watercolors, Abbeville Press; The Special Unit, Barlinnie Prison, Its Evolution Through Art, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland; Community Murals: The People’s Art, Associated University Press, NJ; and Art and Cartography, Art Institute of Chicago. Her mural work in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow , Scotland is included in the archives of the Peoples Palace Museum in Glasgow. Shadur has lectured widely on community arts in both the United States and abroad. She has curated several national exhibitions, most currently ‘The Poetic Dialogue: Poetry: Women: Art’ at ARC Gallery in Chicago. Shadur has been a Ragdale Fellow and a Thomas Watson Fellow from Brown University. Her work is owned in many private and public collections.

Lois Roma-Deeley

Professor and Poet-in-Residence, Paradise Valley Community College

Lois Roma-Deeley is Poet-in-Residence at Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale, AZ, and is Professor of English there. Her poetry appears in many publications, including Looking for Home: Women Writing About Exile, which won the 1991 American Book Award. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of National Forum, and was an Arizona Governor’s Artist Award Nominee in 2003. She is a Ragdale Fellow, and had her work Rules of Hunger published in 2003. Her newest work, NorthSight, will be published in 2006.

Prof. Robin Behn

Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Poet, MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of Alabama

Robin Behn, a poet from Alabama, won the 2001 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The author of three collections of poetry, Horizon Note, Paper Bird, and The Red Hour, and co-editor of The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, she teaches in the MFA Programs in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama ( and Vermont College (, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (

Mirjana Ugrinov

Principal and Senior Designer, Ugrinov Associates, Inc.

Mirjana Ugrinov studied Art History at Case Western Reserve Graduate School, and holds a BFA degree in Studio Art from Kent State University. Her work has been featured in over one hundred group shows and one-person installations, nationally. Her paintings, fiber art, 3-D installations and glass mosaics are in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including: Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dix & Eaton Inc., Exel Corporation, Grubb & Ellis, Kaiser Permanente, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Wade-Trim, Julius Blum, Inc., Ohio State University Library, Metrohealth Systems, SAP America, Planned Parenthood and Ohio Optometric Society. Mirjana and her husband Branislav are principals of Ugrinov Associates, Inc., a space planning and commercial interior design firm where she is a senior designer.

Laura Cloud

Associate Professor, Studio Art in Sculpture, Michigan State University

Laura Cloud has traveled to Australia, Japan, Europe and across the USA over the past few years. She has documented each trip in an ongoing series called The Travel Journals. This work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She has also attended residency programs located in Vermont, Ireland and Japan. Laura received a BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and the MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently she is a national affiliate member of ARC, Chicago and Soho 20, New York City, and an Associate Professor of Studio Art in sculpture at Michigan State University.

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