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Poet Artist Collaboration XVIII - Call for Poets and Artists!

Exhibit dates: March 25 - May 4, 2019

Pre-Exhibit Schedule

Poetry and Artist Entry deadline: Wednesday, January 10
Notification of Acceptance/Poetry Available to Read: Monday, January 21
Artists Choose Poems: Wednesday, January 23 at noon
Artists Send in High Resolution Images: Thursday, March 21
Artwork delivery: Friday March 22 or Saturday, March 23
Reception/Reading: Saturday, April 26

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. 
~Leonardo da Vinci

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Crossings at Carnegie invites poets and artists to enter the 19th Poet-Artist Collaboration, an annual exhibit in which artists create work inspired by poetry.  

Poets and Artists may enter ​online here. You should pay the entry fee ($5 for poets, $15 for artists), and email us poems or examples of current art using the email address provided below.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday, January 10, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given no later than Monday, January 21.

Guidelines for Poets

  1. Entries should be submitted online. Fill out the form found on our website.  

  2. Email poems as a Microsoft Word document attachment, using the email address PAC_Poe.cuzjgx5qy7o47u27@u.box.com. Do not click! We are sorry, but it's not actually a link. Please copy/ paste this address into your email account, or type it in carefully. And we are sorry it's so long; this email address was generated by the box.com service we use and we've no control over that.

  3. Registration is completed by paying $5 entry fee online, or by sending cash or check to: Crossings, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992. Click here to pay the fee online.

    Additional Information:

    • Poets may submit no more than three poems.
    • Each poem is to be limited to no more than two pages, sans sarif 12 point font.
    • DO NOT INCLUDE your name within the document or the file name.
    • Previously published work is accepted. Due to space constraints, we cannot print notices regarding previous publishers in our chapbook or on printed copies hung on gallery walls.
      Poems will be juried, and those selected to be part of the collaboration will be chosen by an artist who will create an original piece of art inspired by the poem.
    • If the artwork created from this collaboration sells, the poet will receive 5% of the selling price. This does not reduce the artist’s share of the sale.
    • Font and font size will be standardized to Calibri or other a sans sarif 12 point font in the chapbook.
    • Please do not submit a poem and an artwork as a pair. The purpose of the exhibit is to create collaboration.


Guidelines for Artists

  1. Entries should be submitted online. Fill out the form found on our website.

  2. Then send three low-resolution examples (72 dpi) of your current work as attachments to the email address PAC_Art.czahxf8cczyujhhu@u.box.com. Do not click! We are sorry, but it's not actually a link. Please copy/ paste this address into your email account, or type it in carefully. And we are sorry it's so long; this email address was generated by the box.com service we use and we've no control over that. Please do not send large/hi-res files.

  3. Registration is completed by paying a $15 entry fee online or by sending cash or check to: Crossings, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992. Click here to pay the fee online.

Additional information:

  • Artwork may be any medium (including photography IF combined with other media).
  • Instructions on how to access, read and select poems online will be provided January 21 to accepted artists.
  • Deadline for delivery of exhibit artwork to Crossings is March 23.
  • Works must be ready for display - 2D work must be framed or ready to hang - and priced to include Crossings’ 37% commission.
  • High resolution digital images of artwork for the exhibit also are required (for advertising purposes and for the chapbook). They should be sent to the email address PAC_Fin.uzgsr16pw2wysbj4@u.box.com no later than March 21.

Poet/Artist Reception

We request that poets and artists attend the reading and reception on April 26, unless it is impossible for you to do so. We also encourage you to invite guests to enjoy the evening with you. The reception is held in the Crossings gallery, with light hors d oeuvres and wine. The reading takes place at a vintage theatre next door and features the artwork displayed on a large silver screen. The poets read their work and the artists discuss how the poems inspired their art. It is not only an opportunity for the poets and artists to meet each other, but an unforgettable evening of camaraderie for all those who love the arts!

Chapbook

As part of the exhibit, a full-color, glossy chapbook will be created, featuring each pair of poetry and artwork. This lovely keepsake will be made available at cost to all participants.

Questions? Contact Crossings at 507-732-7616 or exhibit@crossingsatcarnegie.com

A sample collaboration from last year's exhibit:

"January"
painting by Diana De Moraes, Cannon Falls, MN

"Driving Through Snow in January for a Last Goodbye"
poem by Scott Lowery, Rollingstone, MN

I.
Thin bristle of red dogwood fringes the fields
as we drive toward Kansas, carrying our long silences.
It's still Iowa, where on either side
farm roads pick their way over the hills.
Old granaries stare back from gaunt eye-sockets,
and black crows pick the bones of the corn.

II.
Before leaving home, I walked out to fill the feeders.
The wind had given up and gone home.
My feet plowed ahead, burrowing down
to touch the cold fingers of the grass.
Sumac on the hill stood still, waiting for a sound.

III.
What will we do, once we get there?
What's left when the last parent's gone?
His old voice is preparing to leave,
speaking to both of us like a single bell.
From the mist, the patient shoulders
of a white barn appear in a gentle valley,
while the barnyard around it all goes blank.