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LowellArts Gallery

January 8 to February 19, 2022

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WordView is made possible in part by:


a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


WordView is presented in Partnership with:


the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Poetry Society of Michigan.


Wordview: Art inspiring Art

WordView: Art Inspiring Art is a juried competition of visual and literary artwork. Artists 14 yrs. old or older were invited to submit original works consisting of both visual and textual components. Artwork could be created by an individual artist or by artists and writers in collaboration.


Juried by Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge.


Gallery Hours - January 8 to February 19, 2022

Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 12-5pm


Six awards, $400 each, totaling $2400 were awarded. Listed in no particular order:

  • The Market West of Town, Visual and Text by Frances Hull

  • Pins & Needles, Visual and Text by Kim Kleinhardt

  • Japanese Garden: Four Seasons, Visual by Nola Nielsen and Text by Nellie deVries

  • Paper Garden Trilogy, Visual by Sharon & Charles B. Oleniczak and Text by Emily Stoddard

  • Nature Revealed, Visual and Text by Sandy Meyer

  • Slips, Visual and Text by Mary Jane Pories

WordView Exhibit Tour

Now available on-line!

What is WordView?

About the Jurors

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Phillip Sterling

Co-director and Exhibition Juror, Humanities Scholar

Phillip Sterling, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University. He is the author of two books of fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told (Wayne State U Press) and Amateur Husbandry (Mayapple Press), two full-length collections of poetry, And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and Mutual Shores (New Issues), and five chapbook-length series of poems, the most recent of which, Short on Days, was released from Main Street Rag in June 2020. He is also the editor of two anthologies: Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange (Mammoth Books 2003) and Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press 2017). Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, two Senior Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. As print-maker and poet, Sterling has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 2017, he served as Project Director for Writer’s Squared, a MHC funded series of readings and workshops offered by Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. Phillip and his wife, Jane Wheeler, live in Lowell Township, where they care for a number of animals and gardens.


Gary Eldridge

Co-director and Exhibition Juror, Artist and Illustrator

Gary Eldridge has worked as an illustrator since his graduation from Kendall College of Art & Design in 1974. He established his illustration studio in West Michigan, where his unique combination of printmaking and dimensional object constructions attracted the attention of artists’ agents in both New York City and Seattle. Together these two firms represented Eldridge for over 20 years, bringing assignments both nationally and internationally from clients such as Prudential Investments, Harza Engineering of Chicago, Eli Lilly and Co., The LA Times, Forbes Magazine, Ernst and Young, University of Miami School of Medicine, UCLA Medical School, CEO Magazine, United States Federal Reserve, Washingtonian Magazine, Rutgers University, GE Capital, National Geographic Magazine, and AT&T. He has won recognition for both his illustrations and his fine art, including awards from the Dimensional Illustrators in NYC and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. In 2001 he was a member of the New York Society of Illustrators' 9/11 Memorial Exhibition: Prevailing Human Spirit, a fundraiser for NYC First Responders. Gary has also served as Chairperson of LowellArts Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Moving To Main Campaign, a $1.25 million fund-raising campaign to relocate LowellArts in the city's downtown area, which was realized in 2017. Gary maintains his studio in the City of Lowell, where he and  his wife Tricia have lived for many years, raising their three children.

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WordView: Art inspiring Art

Collaboration | Visual Art + Literary Art

What is WordView? Throughout the months of August, September, and October, there were opportunities for artists, both visual and literary, to attend a series of workshops and/or discussions exploring the practice of collaboration between the visual and literary arts. The culmination of the series is the juried exhibition, WordView: Art Inspiring Art.

​​The goal of the WordView series is to connect artists and audiences through visual and performing arts, promote artist collaboration across genres, inspire collaborative artistic and literary projects, and showcase artists and writers.

All WordView events, discussions, and workshops were offered free to the public.​ WordView is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.

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WordView Events

Visual Storytelling: A WordView Presentation, Aug 15

Featured artists: Jennifer Helner, Monica Stegman, Susan Teague. Hosted by: Gary Eldridge. Discovering the creative process behind artwork inspired by the written word.

Exploring Illustration: A WordView Panel Discussion, Aug 29

Featured artists: Gary Eldridge, Tim Foley, and Laurie Sienkowski. Hosted by: Phillip Sterling. Exploring how to create art to illustrate text.

​Writing Poetry Inspired by Art: A WordView Workshop, Sept 12

Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske. A workshop on Ekphrastic poetry, from the Greek for “descriptive,” ekphrasis means using one art form to comment on another.

​International Society of Experimental Artists: A WordView Panel Discussion, Sept 26

Featured artists: Haley Joseph and Donna Engstrom. Hosted by: Gary Eldridge. ISEA's mission is to promote public interest in experimental art and encourage and support artists' creative journeys through exhibition, education and communication.

​The Art of Collaboration: A WordView Panel Discussion, Oct 3

Featured artists: Ron and Miriam Pederson, Linda Nemec Foster, Jan Mordenski, and Meridith Ridl. Hosted by: Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge. Poets and visual artists who have a proven/published history of collaboration with other artists discuss how such activity may inspire and generate original work.

​The Nature of Book Art: A WordView Presentation, Oct 10

Featured artist: Chad Pastotnik. Presenting examples of the fine press books he designs and prints at Deep Wood Press, hand-crafted multiple-page works of illustration and text.

​Poem or Picture? The Choice of Creative Expression: A WordView Presentation, Oct 16

Featured artists: Patricia Barnes & Elizabeth Kerlikowske. Hosted by: Phillip Sterling. Presentation by members of the Poetry Society of Michigan who are also accomplished painters, photographers, musicians, or multi-media artists. 

​Creating Artful Text: A WordView Workshop, Oct 17

Instructor: Jennifer Helner. A hands-on workshop about the different types of hand-scripted lettering and how to enhance the lettering with illustrative designs.

​Exploring the WordView Exhibition, Jan 23

Hosts: Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge. Featuring the work of some of the artists and writers in the exhibition, the jurors comment on the work in the exhibition and writers invited to share readings of their work on display.

Exploring Poetry: Individual Voice, Feb 13
Instructor: Linda Nemec Foster. An interactive workshop with a focus on generating new work, with an emphasis on recreating and revisioning poems unique to our individual voices.

Exploring Collage: Finding Your Intuitive Storyteller, Mar 6
Instructor: Monica Stegeman. Exploring the joy of intuitive, storytelling through collage.