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WordView: Art inspiring Art

Collaboration | Visual Art + Literary Art

WordView Schedule

July 25

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

WordView Kick-Off Event

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August 15

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

Visual Storytelling: A WordView Presentation

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August 29

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

Exploring Illustration: A WordView Panel Discussion

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September 12

Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm

Writing Poetry Inspired by Art: A WordView Workshop*

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September 26

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

International Society of Experimental Artists: A WordView Panel Discussion

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October 3

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

The Art of Collaboration: A WordView Panel Discussion

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October 10

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

The Nature of Book Art: A WordView Presentation

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October 16

Saturday, 3:00-4:30pm

Poem or Picture? The Choice of Creative Expression: A WordView Presentation

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October 17

Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm

Creating Artful Text: A WordView Workshop*

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January 9

Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm

WordView Exhibition Opening Reception

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January 23

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

Exploring the WordView Exhibition

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*Registration is required for workshops. For all other WordView events, registration is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.

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.


What is WordView?

WordView is a series of workshops and discussions exploring the practice of collaboration between the visual and literary arts, culminating in a juried exhibition in the LowellArts Gallery, from January 8 to February 19, 2022.

Who is it for?


  • Any individual interested in the visual and literary arts

  • Artists and writers interested in collaborative art

  • Students of art, writing, or multimedia expression

Can anyone participate?

Everyone is invited to participate in workshops and discussions. Pre-registration is required for some events.

Michigan residents are particularly encouraged to attend the in-person events.

The juried exhibition is open to any individual 14 yrs. and older. Regional, national, and international artists are encouraged to submit entries.

When is it?

WordView will kick-off on July 25 with a presentation by writer Phillip Sterling and artist/illustrator Gary Eldridge, jurors for the WordView exhibition, will describe their vision for the exhibition of works and introduce the schedule of educational and inspirational WordView opportunities.

Throughout the months of August, September, and October, there will be opportunities for artists, both visual and literary, to attend a series of workshops and/or discussions.

Entries to the exhibition will be accepted for judging via an on-line form September 1 to November 5 for the juried show. Artist notification of acceptance will be December 3. Delivery of artwork will be December 28, 29, and 30. The WordView exhibition will be on display January 8 to February 19, 2022.

How can I participate?

Attend a Discussion. Discussions will be an opportunity to learn, discuss, and meet other artists who are exploring the art of collaboration and combining text with visuals (or vice versa).

Attend a Workshop. The WordView writing and art workshops are hands-on and designed for artists and writers with no experience or some experience in the craft. Learn new skills or perfect your skills – wherever you are in the process, we want to help you succeed in creating art with both literary and visual components.

Enter the Show. More information on how to enter the juried competition will be available. We are seeking entries of visual and literary artwork consisting of both visual and textual components. Artwork may be submitted by an individual artist or by artists and writers in collaboration.

How much does it cost?

All WordView events, discussions, and workshops are being offered FREE to the public.​ Pre-registration for some events is required. WordView is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.

Artists and writers who attend a discussion or workshop will receive a discount for the Entry Fee to the WordView exhibition ($5 for each, up to $15). The Entry Fee for the exhibition is $35. Students 14+ with a school ID receive a discounted entry fee of $25. 

What do we hope to accomplish with WordView?

  • Connect artists and audiences through visual and performing arts. (That’s the LowellArts mission statement!)

  • Promote artist collaboration across genres.

  • Inspire collaborative artistic and literary projects.

  • Showcase artists and writers.

  • Offer tips, techniques, and best practices to an interested audience.

What type of artwork would be a good fit for the exhibition?

  • Any original work consisting of both visual and textual components, and may be submitted by an individual artist or artists and writers in collaboration

  • 2-D visual art with accompanying poems/texts (ekphrastic)

  • Illustrated texts (poetry broadsides or book art)

  • 2-D or 3-D works that incorporate personal documents

  • 3-D work with engraved text