scribere and donuts at notre dame college, october 21, 2016


img_7126gel pens, dark paper, red vessel, and glazed donuts (the last item provided by my hosts)… integral components of my visit to notre dame college’s creative writing club this afternoon.  sharing information about the confluence of poetry and visual art with the student writers, and then inviting them to participate in my scribere project… what a delight!!

over the next week, i will photograph the inscriptions contributed by this group today, and share the poems that the students wrote during our time together.

because the primary installation of scribere is currently on view in the college’s performing arts center gallery – two floors below the room in which we were meeting today – i brought the red vessel as a surrogate. i think that it looks so at home among the donuts!


a few useful links to resources on the integration of visual art and poetry:

“The Book of Kells: Medieval Europe’s Greatest Treasure?” by Martha Kearney for the BBC, is a beautifully illustrated and captivating tale of what is arguably one of the world’s most glorious artistic treasures, and the Celtic monks who created it:

“Connections/Poetry,” a very good short slideshow from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which gives an overview of the relationship between visual art and poetry in the East and West:

“Demo of Manuscript Illumination,” a YouTube video of artist Valerie Weilmuenster’s demonstration of the techniques for painting sacred manuscripts, in conjunction with the exhibition “Hidden Treasures: Illuminated Manuscripts in Midwestern Collections” at the Chazen Museum of Art (from Wisconsin Public Radio):

“Ekphrastic Poetry,” a comprehensive online examination of the practice of writing poems in response to works of art, with evocative examples, from the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchberg, Virginia:

“Ekphrastic Poetry Lesson” from the Smithsonian Institution, an online resource with instructions, images to use as inspiration, and an observation worksheet:

“Interactive Poetic Garden,” a short and fascinating article about a digital project at the MIT Media Library:

“Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Illuminated Manuscripts,” a 128-page, beautifully illustrated book of medieval and Renaissance illuminations (many of them from sacred manuscripts) is available to read online or download as a PDF file:

“The River, an Installation by Charles Sandison” at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France, is an excellent example of the use of digital projection to immerse museum visitors in a stream of words:
“A foreword by Charles Sandison” can be found here:
and Charles Sandison’s fascinating website is here:

“Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art” (essay) from The National Gallery of Victoria (Australia) is a beautiful introduction to the integration of these three expressive forms in Chinese art:

“Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art” (introduction) from The National Gallery of Victoria (Australia) presents a small selection of images in which each of the Three Perfections is integral to the whole. These images, from a 2013/2014 exhibition, are accompanied by translations – breathtaking in their evocative use of language – of poetic elements within a few of the paintings:

“The Way, a spiritual path” by Kim Hoa Tram, 2005, illustrates the interplay among the Three Perfections of Chinese Art in a way that a Western audience might especially appreciate:

Challenge to blog visitors: can you write an ekphrastic poem about  “The title page of St John’s Gospel” in the Book of Kells, “The River” by Charles Sandison, or “The Way, a spiritual path” by Kim Hoa Tram? The links are above. If you accept the challenge, please post your ekphrastic poem in a (moderated) comment below.



scribere at notre dame college as part of art books cleveland’s “100” exhibition


on thursday, october 6, 2016, the exhibition “100” opens at notre dame college, in the performing arts center gallery, on the ground floor of the administration building. among the works of art books cleveland members is my interactive installation, scribere.

opening reception
thursday, october 6, 5-7 pm

exhibition continues through october 28
gallery hours: monday-friday, noon til 6pm

notre dame college
4545 college road
south euclid, ohio 44121


inscriptions from the inner muse/maple heights high school installation, may 5, 2016

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in this random play of words and symbols, one may find that poems present themselves intuitively… if this occurs for you, please feel free to share your poem in the (moderated) comment section below.

(this second group of [39] inscriptions was contributed by participants in the scribere installation at maple heights high school on may 6, 2016, as part of the inner muse project which provides students with exposure to a variety of inspirations, so that each might recognize – and befriend – her or his own inner muse.)

inscriptions from the junghaus installation, winter/spring 2016

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in this random play of words and symbols, one may find that poems present themselves intuitively… if this occurs for you, please feel free to share your poem in the (moderated) comment section below.

(this first group of [91] inscriptions was contributed by participants in the scribere installation during the c.g. jung association of central ohio members’ invitational exhibition between february 16 and april 9, 2016).


one vintage vessel…

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…holds small pieces of golden flax paper* as an interactive installation which premiered during the members’ invitational exhibition at the jungian association gallery in columbus, ohio (january 16 – march 26, 2016), and which has more recently (may 6, 2016) traveled to maple heights (ohio) high school as part of a presentation for students in the school’s inner muse program.

during the exhibition and presentation, participants inscribed words or symbols onto the pieces of flax paper, then placed them into the larger vessel to mingle with others. inscriptions collected during each installation serve as inspiration for poems created by participants in the next.

the papers have been collected, scanned, and shared on this blog, here and here. the inscriptions now serve as inspiration for poems (a few poems can be found in the comments here). soon, a fuller selection of poems – by project participants, the artist, and site visitors – will appear in this venue and, more formally, on

soon, scribere will be installed at notre dame college in south euclid, ohio, as part of art books cleveland exhibition: 100, a component of octavofest, cleveland’s annual celebration of the book… and book-inspired objects.


*morgan handcrafted flax paper, curated at the morgan  conservatory in cleveland, ohio