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The Art of Poetry Tour

Announcing the details about the next Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art reading.

The submission deadline is June 6, 2015 and the reading will be June 20 at 2:00 pm.

When poets find a piece of visual artwork that truly captures their imagination, they often engage in a literary practice known as ekphrastic poetry, which is poetry that verbally describes a visual work of art. The term ekphrasis is derived from the combination of two Ancient Greek words that ends up meaning  'a process carried out for the sake of description.'

To submit for this quarterly event, go to the Museum and write poems about one or more of the works on exhibit.

Submissions should:
- include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
- be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
- be typed using 12-point Arial font, single spaced
- be sent to Kelly DeMaegd at
- Art of Poetry reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content or literary quality, as determined by the panel of judges.

Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be displayed at the Museum with the respective art works and to be read by the author (or selected substitute reader) at the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Audiences have ranged from 15 to 45 people.

After the reading, with permission of the poet and (if possible) artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry website at  Often there will also be pictures from the readings posted.

Eligible exhibits are as follows:

-Catawba Valley Camera Club Photographs, First Floor Entrance Gallery
-Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener’s Process, First Floor Whitener Gallery
-Woven Together, First Floor Shuford Gallery
-From the Master’s Hands: Eddie Hamrick, Woodwright, Second Floor Coe and Objects Gallery
-Folk Art from the Permanent Collection, Second Floor Windows Gallery
-Discover Folk Art, Third Floor Gallery
-American Art Pottery and Born of Fire, Second Floor Objects Gallery

If you have any questions, please email Kelly DeMaegd at

Thank you and hope to see you June 20!

And, read some past poems and see the art that inspired them at

Earlier Event: June 13
Event: Knit in Public Day
Later Event: June 24
HMA Annual Meeting