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.

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 (contact ekphrasis@lamorindaarts.org to let us know you're interested)

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 to Enter: January 15, 2023

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.