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An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse

An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse
Friday, June 25th Reception 5:30pm-6:00pm Reading 6:00pm-8:00pm

The term ekphrastic means, essentially, “beautiful words for beautiful art.” Think of the popular song about “Mona Lisa” as an example. The idea for this event was developed by members of the South Bend Museum of Art board of directors as a way to include writers more directly in the community of art makers here in South Bend and at the SBMA. Individuals were invited to find a muse among the art in the gallery that inspired a personal poetic vision of its meaning.

Contributing writers:
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Ruth Andrews, Bruce Cashbaugh, Lori Caskey-Sigety, Roger A. Chrastil, Lea Goldman, Wayne Goodling, Michael Lasater, Drew Lischke, Joshua Marvin, Scott Morgan, Elle Pitcher, Archer Sharp, Bill Spalding, Kari Stieglitz Black, Douglas L. Simmons, Fred Story

The idea for this event was developed by members of the South Bend Museum of Art board of directors as a way to include area writers more directly in the community of art makers here in Michiana and at the SBMA. Individuals are invited to find a muse among the artworks in the museum that inspires a personal poetic vision of its meaning. All submitted poems are reviewed and a number of works are chosen to be published in a chapbook. The selected poets are invited to attend our annual event held in the Carmichael Gallery and read their poem in person. 

We are all poets at heart. We use language daily to tell stories and refer to poetry for many important moments in our lives. Writing about our individual experiences requires us to find our own voice. We hope to encourage the creative self into being for some who are not often called to do so. You will find some of the writers are scholarly and others are finding a writer’s voice for the first time. All have focussed on this experience of interacting with the artworks in the museum’s collection and responding with expressive writing.

Due to Covid-19 we decided not to hold our event in 2020. Instead we asked poets to record themselves reading their works and we created these videos for everyone to view from home. Enjoy!