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   from the issue of April 24, 2008

'Poets on Painters' exhibit opens April 25 at Sheldon Museum of Art

A visual and literary exhibition that pairs 20 contemporary poets with 20 contemporary paintings, "Poets on Painters," opens April 25 at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Each poet's response to a painting will be displayed alongside the artwork.

At the exhibition's opening reception, from 5-7 p.m., winners in Sheldon's recent poetry contest will be honored and they will read their poems about Sheldon artworks that inspired them. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

A sampling of today's written and visual arts, "Poets on Painters" focuses on the intrinsic and fascinating connections between two of the oldest art forms as seen by some of their newest practitioners. The exhibition recalls 20th-century collaborations between Apollinaire and Duchamp, Stein and Picasso, and O'Hara and Rivers in its playful examination of how poetry and painting converge and diverge in the 21st century.

The project includes such notables as painters Mark Grotjahn, Laura Owens, Monique Prieto and Dana Schutz, and poets Jeff Clark, Noah Eli Gordon and Sawako Nakayasu.

The Nebraska Poets on Sheldon Paintings Poetry Contest, which was open to Nebraska writers in four age categories, drew more than 250 entries from January to mid-March. The contest was organized by UNL graduate student Rebecca Bednarz.

"Poets on Painters" was organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kan., and curated by Katie Geha, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich; and Travis Nichols, a freelance writer based in Seattle.

For more information, go to or call 472-2461.

Poetry contest winners named

Winners of the Nebraska Poets on Sheldon Paintings Contest are:

Grades K-5 - James Reywaldt-Alexander, grade 3, LPS Elementary Montessori Program/Everett Elementary (Lincoln), "Untitled (into/water shadow)" (after "Night" by Max Weber).

Grades 6-8 - Monica Claesson, grade 8, home school (Lincoln), "Untold Voyage" (after Jacob Lawrence's "Paper Boats").

Grades 9-12 - Kelly Weber, grade 10, Battle Creek High School (Battle Creek), "Cold Breath" (after Robert Henri's "Woods Interior").

Adult - Rebekah Banks, Lincoln, "In Window, From Within" (after Georgia O'Keeffe's "New York, Night").



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