CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Prairie State College Foundation is hosting “Collaborative Vision: Selections from The Poetic Dialogue Project,” featuring collaborative works by teams of artists and poets, from Feb. 11 through March 7, in the Christopher Art Gallery, on the Chicago Heights campus at 202 S. Halsted St.
Beth Shadur, director of the Christopher Art Gallery, curated The Poetic Dialogue Project that was featured at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009. Shadur paired 31 visual artists with 31 poets based on the resonance of their works. Artist and poet were asked to develop a creative collaboration, in whatever direction they chose as a pair, to create a new work of art. A selection of these works will be shown in PSC’s exhibit.
“Poets mentioned experimenting and working outside their own comfort zone to create new ideas and forms for their work, while artists who had never considered text as part of their work found ways to integrate the poet’s voice,” Shadur said.
Artist and poet pairs whose art will be displayed are Beth Shadur and Lois Roma-Deeley, James Mesple and Jeffrey Levine, Lynn Takata and LR Berger, LaShawnda Crowe Storm and M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, BettyAnn Mocek and Michael Heller, Annette Turow and Steve Orlen, Mirjana Ugrinov and Cynthia Hogue, Kim Laurel and Michael Burkard, Charlotte Segal and Margaret Rozga, Granite Amit and Jan Beatty, and Anna Fernandez and Kathryn Dohrmann.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 12, poet Margaret Rozga will do a reading of her book "200 Nights and One Day." Rozga and her husband, the Rev. James Groppi, led the fair housing marches in Milwaukee during the 1967 civil rights era.
An artists’ reception takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21.
The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the PSC Foundation at (708) 709-3636.