July 18 Art Encounters
The Art of Writing
10:30–11:30 am
Third Thursday Art Encounters
offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

This program celebrates artists and writers who have found inspiration in each other's work. While painters and sculptors have been inspired by literary works, writers and poets have translated their interpretation of a visual artwork into written form. An ancient tradition that has carried through to present time, ekphrasis is a poetic description or commentary on a visual work of art.

Where Am I? A Recurring Dream

Grant Winterer, Creighton University

I am here: above a desert
ambushed by storm, heat-warped forests,
mountains: compass needles swinging east.

Everywhere below, towns as small
as salamander dens, skittish, shimmering
mirages, and a hovering thundercloud
punching holes in the sky so droplets might

I am here, clinging to hands
a canyon lends me, a minstrel wind,
trading songs with the drumming rain.

Join us for a look at artworks inspired by, or that have inspired, literary works. On this tour we will also read notable entries from students in Creighton University’s CCAS English Department Creative Writing Program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Writer's Workshop who have compose poems and prose inspired by works of art in Joslyn’s permanent collection.  Furthermore, guests are invited to select an object prior to the event on which to base a personal reflection or poem. If they wish, participants can share their reflections with the group.

Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health & Wellness Club, Art Encounters is free to all. Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or sseverson@joslyn.org.

Poem inspired by Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982), Composition Five – The Wind, 1925; oil on canvas; Museum purchase, 1955 

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