Our exhibit is inspired by Ekphrasis, a Greek word defined as writing that describes or explains other art. We add that art can describe or explain writing.
The Lamorinda Arts Council is pleased to invite artists to submit 2D or 3D artwork and authors to submit a written entry for the 2023 Ekphrasis Collaborative Exhibit at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library in May 2023.
This creative ekphrastic project is a collaboration of the California Writers Club, Diablo Branch (CWC), the Lamorinda Arts Alliance (LAA) and the Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC). The culmination of the project will be an exhibition of fine artworks that inspire literary works, and literary works that inspire fine artwork, all on display to be enjoyed by the public and fellow art and literary enthusiasts.
There are 4 Registration Categories:
- Initiator Artist: this is an Artist who will create a visual artwork and submit it; the artwork will be viewed by a Responder Author who will create a written entry in response to the Initiator Artist's visual artwork. The visual artwork and related writing will be displayed together as a pairing.
- Initiator Author: this is an Author who will create a written entry and submit it; the writing will be read by a Responder Artist who will create a visual artwork in response to the Initiator Author's writing. The written entry and related visual artwork will be displayed together as a pairing.
- Responder Artist: this is an Artist who will read a written entry submitted by an Initiator Author and create a visual artwork in response to it. The written entry and related visual artwork will be displayed together as a pairing.
- Responder Author: this is an Author who will view a visual artwork submitted by an Initiator Artist and create a written entry in response to it. The visual artwork and the related writing will be displayed together as a pairing.
The resulting pairs will include either Initiator Artist + Responder Author or Initiator Author + Responder Artist.
The origins of ekphrasis were described as a detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device. Our intention is to expand this idea into other directions, e.g. visual artists responding to a literary piece that moved them; a writer who may not ‘describe’ the work they are viewing, so much as where it takes their imagination, their emotions, and their thoughts. Our unique two-way ekphrastic teams include visual artists responding to a literary piece and authors responding to visual artwork.