2013 Workshops and Faculty


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Making visual art with poetry, making poetry with visual art: an ekphrastic workshop (Weekend - Level: All) – Hilda Raz & Ouida Touchón (2013 featured artist)

image What is ekphrasis? One artist reaching out to another, in collaboration. Poets working with visual artists - think of Anne Sexton's take on Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night," for example. Fiction writers get into the act, too - A.S. Byatt wrote THE MATISSE STORIES to muse with one of her favorite painters.

Now it's your turn. In this weekend workshop, visual artist Ouida Touchon will join forces with poet Hilda Raz, to co-teach a workshop. You'll have the opportunity to write about a work of art - using tempera paint, colored pencils, or scissors and paste - to create visual art in response to poems.

Think of form, color, or collage and your own favorite poems. Or you could write poems in response to visual images.

Make the image to go with the text/poem?
Bring in the image and write the text/poem?
Write the poem and then find/create an image?
Or ..

Our workshop is all about inspiration and joy, about pleasure in the communal act of making art together.

Poets and prose writers are welcome, as are visual artists. Please come join us!

Click here for an example of an ekphrastic poem.

Link to Instructor letter


Hilda Raz

Hilda Raz is Luschei Professor emerita at the University of Nebraska where she taught in the Ph.D. program in creative writing. She is a past president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and has taught at Stanford, Harvard, Goucher, and elsewhere, as well as at MFA programs and writers’ conferences including Bread Loaf, Writers at Work, Taos, and University of Nebraska. A poet, nonfiction writer, and editor, she has published thirteen books. A member of the national literary board for the PRAIRIE SCHOONER Book Prize, she is poetry editor for bosque (the magazine) and now is director of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series for the University of New Mexico Press.



Ouida Touchón

Ouida Touchón is a visual artist who spends most of her waking moments at the easel or the press. She has her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Painting, and her Masters of Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in studio arts. In addition she has studied with mentors and distinguished printmakers and painters in Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
In 2003 she moved to Las Cruces, in southern New Mexico and opened Cruz Nopal Art Studio where she produces unique paintings and handprints in a variety of styles. Her work is in the collections of the El Paso Museum of Art and the Historical Museum for the State of New Mexico as well as the Federal building of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is represented by various galleries throughout the United States.

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