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U.Va. Series Explores Literary And Visual Arts

April 10, 2000 -- Meridian, the literary magazine produced by the University of Virginia's MFA Program in Creative Writing, is sponsoring a series of programs examining the connection between the literary and visual arts. Meridian's Spring issue features "Art and the Lyric Moment," poetry by Gregory Orr and paintings of Trisha Orr done in collaboration. An exhibit of the artists' poems and paintings will be on display from April 8 through 30 in the Iron Gate Study Gallery of the Bayly Art Museum.

In conjunction with this exhibit, the museum will host the following events:

• on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Trisha and Gregory Orr will present a slide show and reading in the Bayly Museum's Pine Room Gallery

• on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., Meridian's poetry editor Kevin McFadden will moderate a panel discussion on "The Lyric Moment in Painting and Poetry" in 160 Campbell Hall (the Architecture School), located next to the Bayly Museum

The panelists include Trisha and Gregory Orr, poet Lisa Russ Spaar, and James Madison University professor and museum curator Stuart Downs.

Trisha Orr's paintings have appeared in galleries throughout the United States. Her New York shows have been reviewed in Art in America and the New York Times. She has received an NEA/Mid-Atlantic Fellowship and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship.

Gregory Orr is a professor of poetry in U.Va.'s Program in Creative Writing and is the author of several books of poetry, most recently "City of Salt." A new collection of his work will be published next fall by Copper Canyon Press.

Lisa Spaar also teaches poetry writing at U.Va., where she administers the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of "Glass Town" and editor of "Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems."

Stuart Downs is a poet and curator of the Sawhill Gallery at James Madison University.

The panel discussion and the other events of Meridian's Art and Literature Series are free and open to the public. For more information about any of the programs or Meridian, please contact Sydney Blair or Debra Nystrom at (804) 924-6675.

Contact: Sydney Blair or Debra Nystrom, (804) 924-6675

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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