Word & Image Open for Submissions March 1 through April 7

Deadline has been extended to April 7, 2017.

Entries will be accepted March 1 through April 7, 2017 for the third annual Word & Image project, a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts pairing artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

Here’s how it works:  12 selected artists and writers will be randomly paired at a Hoffman Center gathering on June 2.  Each will be given printed copies of the other’s submitted work.  Then each writer and each artist will create new work in response to one of the three pieces submitted by their partner.  A writer might create a new poem in response to a watercolor, for example.  A photographer might make a new image in response to a prose piece.

The artwork will be exhibited at a Hoffman Center event on August 26, where the writers will also read their new work.  The paired work will be printed on broadsides which will hang in the HCA gallery as well as published in a book.  Both will be available for sale.

The Hoffman Center’s Word & Image project is open to artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. In order to provide opportunities for new contributors, those who participated in both the 2015 and 2016 projects are not eligible to submit to this year’s project.

Here’s one of our favorites:  Debra Simmons submitted her poem “Good Intentions” and Karen Gale painted “Sunday Dinner” in response.

Key Dates:

March 1 – April 7: Initial submissions due from writers and artists

May 1: Participants announced

June 2: Selected artists and writers paired at a kick-off gathering

July 15: New (response) work for the Word & Image exhibit due from each artist and writer

August 26:  Opening reception and reading at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Participants will be selected by a judging team of past participants.

 

For complete guidelines click here.

Word & Image 2016 Event on August 20th

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An example from the 2015 Word & Image Project

Twelve writers and twelve artists have been hard at work this summer responding to each other’s work.  Their combined pieces will be unveiled at an art opening and reading on Saturday, August 20th, starting at 7 pm.  The 11 by 17 broadsides are made up of an image of the artist’s work along with the writer’s piece printed side by side on archival paper, suitable for framing.  They will be for sale, along with smaller versions of each duo.

New this year, a book featuring the entire collection will be for sale as well.

Along with the broadsides, the original art pieces will be on display affording viewers insight into a variety of techniques.

Writers will read their poems and short prose pieces at the event.

There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds from the event and art sales benefit the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

This project is supported in part by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust:  Oregonians sustaining, developing, and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.

Word & Image Opens for Submissions on April 1st

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Submissions are open April 1 through May 1, 2016 for Word & Image, a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita which will pair artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s. Click here to submit your work.

Word & Image will offer up to 12 selected artists and writers a unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.”

“We piloted this project last summer,” Ransdell explained.  “Writing in response to art has been popular for centuries — we thought it would be fun for artists to have their turn as well, creating art in response to writing.”

Co-organizer DeWit added,  “It turned out to be a great experience for the participants. Unlike a more typical themed show, the concept of response art and writing enabled each participant to both showcase their own personal style and to connect with others through interpreting each other’s work. People explored new mediums and methods with wonderful results.”

Ransdell said that the project began as a spin-off of the Hoffman’s weekly Writer’s Lounge, where writers are invited to create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in work that surprises the authors themselves.  Last summer’s call for submissions to Word and Image was so successful that Ransdell and DeWit will be jurying the entries this year via a blind submission process.

“By limiting participants to 12 writers and artists, we can make sure we give all the participants the space and time for their work to be represented well,” DeWit said. “And we want the community participation to be as broad and diverse as possible.  There is so much talent in our area.”

Here’s a sample of one of last year’s favorites:  Debra Simmons submitted her poem “Good Intentions” and Karen Gale painted “Sunday Dinner” in response.

simmonsgale artist response

The Hoffman Center’s Word and Image project is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through May 1, 2016.  Selected artists and writers will be paired at a kick-off gathering on June 4, with the resulting new work for the Word and Image exhibit due from each artist and writer by July 25.  An opening reception and reading will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on August 20.   Review detailed submission guidelines here.

Participants will be selected by a Hoffman Center team, led by Ransdell and DeWit. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing.  A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland.  She divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, Wa.

DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.  She is also a published author, with three books in publication and is the subject of a documentary, “Wetlands: Seasons of Mind” about her painting and its relationship with the natural world.  Currently she exhibits with Whitebird Gallery in Cannon Beach and Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Carl Vandervoort, in Wheeler.

This project is supported in part by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.