Arts & Education at the Hoyt will present a collaborative exhibition of printmaking, poetry and bookbinding in the Main Galleries August 1-October 5. The exhibit centers around Four Seasons, a new hand-sewn book by Susan Frakes featuring a segmented poem by Philip Terman and work by the artist James Stewart.
The idea was sparked by a Guggenheim Fellowship Stewart had received in 2007 to interpret Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, into a narrative series of large scale paintings. This body of work was exhibited at several prominent venues including The Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington County Museum of Art, Swarthmore College, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Gallery 71 in New York and the Hoyt Center for the Arts.
The experience ignited an interest in interpreting other art forms through the visual arts, and after seeing Terman perform his poetry with a jazz band, Stewart approached him with the suggestion of illustrating a book of poems, Like a Bird Entering Through A Window and Leaving Through Another Window. Frakes invitation soon followed. In 2014, Stewart proposed elevating the project from a book of reproduced images to collection of original etchings and letter press type that could be exhibited at universities and galleries alongside a new body of work interpreting Terman’s For Gayna and Isaiah at Rest. Four Seasons debuted at Clarion University of Art earlier this year.
The public reception will feature poetry readings by Terman and demonstrations by the artists, August 4, 6-8 pm. Admission is free. Copies of the books will be available.