For A Thousand Words, Vol. 3, the Gallery at CCBC Essex is featuring regional visual artists to inspire local writers to create new work. Each artist invited to participate in the gallery exhibit incorporates  words into their artwork, exploring text as a  means of commentary and communication, as well as a visual  art form. 

During the exhibition, we will be collecting submissions of poetry or prose of a thousand words or less that were inspired by the artwork in the show. A jury will then choose the best pieces to be featured in a digital literary magazine.

We’ll celebrate the works with a Reading Night held in the gallery. All are welcome to create and apply for the magazine, including students, employees, and members of the community. Please feel free to start getting inspired by looking at this online version of the exhibition.  The writings will be due by June 13th

If you are interested in submitting a writing piece for consideration, please click on the button below.

- Curator Nicole Buckingham Kern

A Thousand Words, Vol. 3 is sponsored in part by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council.

The Artists

Jeff Bohlander
After the Harvest: Led Home (2019)
Mixed media: collage, found objects, acrylic, latex, photo transfers, oil stick, cotton, tongue oil, graphite, dried vegetation on canvas. 60”x48”
Elizabeth Crisman
Detail of Timeline (2012) 
Stoneware and wood. 42" W x 13" H x 6" D
Julia Kim Smith
Cylburn Park, a text movie in two acts (2014)
Community–it’s no walk in the park.
(Runtime: 00:10:40)
Jill Orlov
Fahrenheit 451 (2019)
Steel, copper mesh, mahogany bookcase, miniature handmade paper books, vintage keys, stained glass, silver baby spoon, bolts, and a glass marble
Kim Rice
Family Values (2019)
Last will and testament of William Venable, colonies map. Dimensions vary
R.L. Tillman
Aphorisms (2011)
Acrylic screenprint ink on cardboard boxes. Installation dimensions vary


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