The Fine Arts Center Galleries will host internationally recognized artists and a series of events both on and off campus Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 15-17). Two exhibitions, “The Poetic Dialogue Project” and “Contemporary India,” open Friday (Oct. 16) in the galleries.
'Untitled,' by Jane Fulton Alt
“The Poetic Dialogue Project,” an ongoing collaboration between contemporary artists and poets, was inspired by a meeting of poet Lois Roma-Deeley and artist Beth Shadur. The exhibition coming to BGSU is the third in the project series, in which Shadur, the curator, paired 31 respected artists and poets to create new works of art.
“Contemporary India” is a multimedia exhibition showcasing work by 10 artists from India and of Indian origin, addressing questions of authenticity, iconicity, tradition, modernity and influence of westernization and technology in contemporary Indian art. The exhibition is curated by Shaurya Kumar, art.
Shadur and Roma-Deeley have been invited to Bowling Green for a three-day visit. On Thursday (Oct. 15), they will present a 7:30 p.m. poetry reading and slide display, hosted by the Creative Writing Program in Prout Chapel. They will give the presentation again at 9 p.m. Friday at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St.
Also on Friday, BGSU students will meet with the artists in classes and studio visits.
Saturday morning (Oct. 17), Shadur and Roma-Deeley will offer a workshop on collaboration for artists and writers at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St. The event is free and open to all, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Inquiries may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An additional concurrent event will be the opening of an exhibition, “Words and Pictures,” at Art-a-site Gallery, 116 S. Main St., featuring more collaborations between Shadur and Roma-Deeley, and three local artists whose work combines art and literature—Deb Allesee, Daniel Mauk and BGSU’s Dominic Catalano.
Shadur has created over 125 large, public murals as public, private and community art projects in the United States and Great Britain. Roma-Deeley's most recent collection of poems, “northSight,” earned her a Los Angeles Book Prize nomination and a second National Book Award nomination.
The openings for both “The Poetic Dialogue” and “Contemporary India” are set for 7-10 p.m. Friday in the galleries. Before the openings, at 6 p.m. in 115 Olscamp Hall, Indian artist Anupam Sud will give a lecture about her work, titled “4 Decades,” followed by an Indian dance performance by the Toledo-based Aha Dance Classes. Sud is known as one of the finest intaglio printmakers in India, having won 19 awards between 1969 and 1985.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. “Contemporary India” will continue through Nov. 13 and “The Poetic Dialogue,” through Nov. 19. Free and open to the public, both exhibitions will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
Three more lectures, also free and open, will be presented in connection with “Contemporary India,” all at 5 p.m. in 1101 Fine Arts Center:
• Oct. 22: “Revival or Survival: Hybrid Temple Architecture in Western India,” by Dr. Ashutosh Sohoni, family and consumer sciences
• Nov. 5: “The Travels of Popular Culture to and from India,” by Dr. Kristen Rudisill, popular culture
• Nov. 12: “Image as Environment: The Phenomenological Relationship between ‘Image’ and ‘Architecture’ in Site Specific Installations,” by Rajoshri Ghosh, an Ohio University art faculty member and a participating artist in the exhibit