SMC writers, artists collaborate on exhibitPublished 10:26pm Monday, January 9, 2012
An art exhibit involving Southwestern Michigan College ceramics and creative writing students opens Friday at Olympia Books in downtown Dowagiac.
The show will run through Feb. 6 with an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 21.
SMC ceramic students involved in the project are Tanner Russell, Sarah Weigold, Allen Carter, Mystique Pounders, Glen Ditz, Andrea Dienes, Kelsey Flip, KaSandra Jackson and Amber Fries.
SMC creative writing students include Keely Allen, Rachel Carlisle, Kathy Eichel, Meghan Haas, Kelsey Holmes, Kandice Jackson, Matt Longden, Adam McGregor, Lauren Pawlowski, Alanna Sanborn-Whiteman, Sarah O’Brien, Nikholas Sedam, Jonathan Stocker, Josh Tidy, Jaki Tschupp, Joey VanTuyle and Mariah Wall.
“Poetry in Motion” showcases artwork and poetry created by SMC students.
“The purpose of the project was an intentional collaboration between the English and the visual arts, using art integration,” SMC ceramics instructor Sherrie Styx said. “We can connect students’ lives and their communities.”
Ceramics students created sculptural works of art that were influenced and inspired by their favorite poems,” Styx said. ”
Additionally, SMC creative writing students, led by English instructor Hailey Sheets, created poems inspired by their favorite works of art.
Students worked to define art and discussed how examining artwork can trigger poetic inspiration.
The class also got the opportunity to tour the ceramics area, meet some of the student artists and view some of the artwork in progress.
“The creative writing students used a variety of art forms to inspire their poems, including sculpture, paintings, and photographs,” Styx said. “Their poetry also takes on various forms, from free verse to more complex rhyme schemes.”