Thursday, September 22, 2011

Poetry Scores’ 6th Annual Art Invitational Nov. 11 at Mad Art

Poetry Scores’ 6th Annual Art Invitational

50 artists respond to Paul Muldoon’s Incantata Nov. 11 at Mad Art

From 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 11, Poetry Scores will present its 6th annual Art Invitational at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 So. 12th St. in Soulard. This year, some 50 visual artists are making new work in response to Paul Muldoon’s poem Incantata. As always at a Poetry Scores Art Invitational, all work is titled by the artist after language taken directly from the poem, then the work is hung in the space according to where in the flow of the poem the language chosen for the title appears. “In that sense, the poem itself hangs the show,” said Chris King, co-founder and creative director of Poetry Scores, who is curating the invitational.

All work will be on sale on silent and live auction, with bidding opening at 6 p.m. and sales starting to close at 8 p.m., with all art coming down off the walls and going home that night. Various payment options will be available. Proceeds from each sale will be split evenly three ways: artist, venue and Poetry Scores.

Poetry Scores is a St. Louis-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including music, visual art and digital cinema. The organization plans to use proceeds from the November 11 Art Invitational to fund a studio recording of the composer Barbara Harbach’s new poetry score to Incantata. A world premiere of her score, with eight of the area’s finest classical musicians, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday October 30 at the Lee Theater in the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMSL. Both the October 30 premiere and the November 11 Art Invitational are free and open to the public.

Artists confirmed for the November 11 Art Invitational at Mad Art include:

Gena Brady Allen
Gina Alvarez
Jenna Bauer
Michael Behle
Deanna Chafin
Grace Chung
Heather Corley
Gred Edmondson
Nancy Exarhu
Paul Hartman
Sue Hartman
Alexa Hoyer
Claire Medol Hyman
Chris King
Dawn Majors
Julie Malone
Tim McAvin
Meera Lee Patel
Hap Phillips
Jeremy Rabus
Tony Renner
Kim Keek Richardson
Stefene Russell
Janiece Senn
Daniel Shown
Derek Simmons
Dana Smith
Robin Street-Morris
Nita Turnage
Amy VanDonsel.

Incantata by Paul Muldoon and Barbara Harbach will be Poetry Scores’ sixth poetry score CD. The group previously has produced and released Jack Ruby’s America by Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell (2010), The Sydney Highrise Variations by legendary Australian poet Les Murray (2009), Go South for Animal Index by Salt Lake City/St. Louis poet Stefene Russell (2008), Blind Cat Black by pioneering Turkish poet Ece Ayhan (2006) and Crossing America by Connecticut Poet Laureate Leo Connellan (2003). These records will be available for sale at the Lee Theater on October 30 and Mad Art Gallery on November 11.

Poetry Scores also has produced a feature movie to Blind Cat Black, which premiered at the 2007 St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and went on to play three cities in Turkey with coverage on Turkish national television and in the national press. The first poetry score, Crossing America, was profiled on BBC Radio 3. Poetry Scores has received significant regional and national press coverage,

For more information on Poetry Scores or the Incantata events, visit, email or call314-265-1435. You may also follow Poetry Scores on Twitter (@poetryscores) and on Facebook.

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