Featured Visual Artists
John Anthony Czerwinski
Lisa S. Carrano
Melissa Marie Sgambati
This call to artists is now closed. Thank you for your interest!
Ekphrastic and Back, a cross-media event in which poets and visual artists will use the opposite medium for inspiration.
“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. A notable example is “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” in which the poet John Keats speculates on the identity of the lovers who appear to dance and play music, simultaneously frozen in time and in perpetual motion. (Definition courtesy of https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/ekphrasis)
Poets and visual artists are encouraged to submit original work inspired by a piece of their choosing from the opposite medium.
Please carefully read application instructions prior to submitting your work.
Poets: Choose a visual arts piece to inform/inspire your writing.
Artists: Choose a poem or prose to inform/inspire your visual arts piece.
*Please refer to the reference list at the bottom if you would like assistance choosing an inspiration piece.
• Entry must be into one category: Poems or Visual Works
• Each entrant may submit up to 3 entries for consideration. (If selected, only one work will be chosen for display.
• Poems may be up to one page, single-spaced (OR 1.15), Times New Roman, 12.
• Submissions for visual works must be a high quality .jpg or .png, and the physical piece must be ready to hang by the show date.
Jurors: Christina M. Rau & Jason Jenkins
Ten poets and ten visual artists will be chosen to display their work, both poems and art pieces, for a one-night event on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 7pm – 10pm in the BACCA Arts Center (149 N. Wellwood Ave. Lindenhurst, NY). Poets will have the opportunity to read their poetry during the event. Additionally, one poet and one artist will create original pieces throughout the evening.
Poets: Save your work as a Word document (docx) and a PDF. Attach both files to an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ekphrastic and Back” in the subject line. Deadline: March 5th, 2023 11:59pm
Visual Artists: Please photograph your artwork for consideration. All photo images should be high-resolution. All submitted photo images must be a minimum of 1500 pixels (height and width) and emailed as an attachment addressed to email@example.com with “Ekphrastic and Back” in the subject line.
Deadline: March 5th, 2023 11:59pm
Please include the following information in your email body:
• Full Name
• City of Residence
• Title of Work
• Line Count (Poets only)
• Media (Visual Artists only)
• Size (Visual Artists only)
• Indicate if the artwork is for sale. If so, please include the price and a contact email address or phone number. Viewers will be asked to contact you directly for details. BACCA will take no commission
• A short description of your work or process. Include why you chose the poem or artwork that inspired you. (less than 140 characters)
*Please include information on the work that inspired you, including the artist or writer’s name, title, and an image or document attachment if available.
• Optional: your social media handles (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
Fee: Suggested donation of $10 or a BACCA Membership
Visit babylonarts.org/membership to become a BACCA member.
By submitting work to “Ekphrastic and Back” poets and artists agree to allow the accepted works to be used for publicity and archival purposes. Poetry and artworks may be shared on social media platforms to the creator’s credit. Poets and artists will retain the copyright of their work published on the BACCA website and platforms. Work will be handled with care, but neither BACCA staff or volunteers will be responsible for any loss, theft, or damage incurred. Artists agree that art pickup is to occur at a central location and will not be removed prior to the agreed upon pickup date. Entry to the exhibition constitutes agreement to all conditions.
Are you interested in learning more about Ekphrastic Poetry?
Join Patchogue Arts Council at MoCA L.I. or online for:
Learning to Look | Ekphrastic Poetry
Special guest • Edward Schmieder
February 21 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
“Ekphrasis* is a practice in which a work of art inspires a piece of poetry or prose. Examples include “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, and William Carlos Williams’ “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” (Pieter Bruegel). Join PAC MoCA curator John Cino and English educator Edward Schmieder (MPhil Literature) for a look at select artworks and the poems they have prompted. Together we will experience this intersection of art and language. Aspiring poets may find this approach a powerful tool for composition.
This event is offered as a hybrid.
In person: MoCA L.I. @ 20 Terry Street, Patchogue
Join via Zoom:
Inspiration Reference List - Visual Artists:
Visual artists may choose a poem they admire or from one of the following poems:
“Love via a Rube Goldberg Diagram” by Gregory Stapp:
“Paper Cuts” by Natalie Scenters-Zapico:
“River I Dream About” by Oliver Baez Bendorf:
“I Say the Thing for the First Time” by Adrian Matejka:
“Habit” by Hazel Hall:
“Hundreds of Purple Octopus Moms Are Super Weird, and They’re Doomed” by January Gill O’Neil:
“The Station” by Stephanos Papadopoulos:
Inspiration Reference List - Poets:
Poets may choose a visual work [including but not limited to a, painting, photograph, or sculpture they admire or from one of the following pieces:
'So like a shatter'd Column lay the King' by Julia Margaret Cameron
'Blue Agreement" by Yves Klein
“Simultaneous Visions” by Umberto Boccioni
“Salome with the Head of John the Baptist” by Caravaggio
“Talking Skull” by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
“Bronzeville by Night” by Archibald Motley
“Broadway at Night” by Alvin Langdon Coburn
“The Alchemist” by Pieter Bruegel The Elder
“Paradise Lost” by Gustave Dore