Ekphrasis Collaborative Exhibit 2023

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.

Click HERE for the detailed Prospectus
Click HERE for a detailed Summary of Events

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.


Step 1: Attend or Request a Workshop

Attendance at our free workshops is optional and is intended for those who have questions or want more information before signing up. Additional workshops can be scheduled upon request by contacting Bill Carmel at ekphrasis@lamorindaarts.org.

Zoom Workshop #1: Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 6-8pm
Zoom Workshop #2: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 6-8pm
Zoom Workshop #3: Thursday, November 9 from 6-8pm
Zoom Workshop #4: Wednesday, November 30 from 6-8pm 
Zoom Workshop #5: Wednesday, January 4 from 6-8pm (Powerpoint Slides)
Zoom Workshop #6: Date TBD in late January


Step 2: Register for Ekphrasis Collaborative Exhibit

Please be sure to read the Prospectus for details on eligibility and a summary of activities. Once you're ready to enter as an LAC artist or author, please click the link below.

Deadline for Initiators to Submit Entries: January 31, 2023
Deadline for Responders to Register to be paired with an Initiator: January 31, 2023
Deadline for Responders to Submit Entries: March 25, 2023

  • Initiator Artists and Initiator Authors must submit their finished visual artwork or written entries to be paired with a Responder Author or Artist.
  • Responder Artists and Responder Authors must register in order to receive a visual artwork or written entry to respond to.


Step 3: Exhibit Your Work

The exhibit will take place during the month of May 2023 at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda. Please see the Prospectus for a detailed summary of activities, including dates for installation, artist reception, and take down.


Questions? Contact us at ekphrasis@lamorindaarts.org.