Word & Image: A Dialogue Between Writers and Artists

Call for Submissions for the Word & Image Project
April 1 through April 30, 2020

There’s a bumper sticker you often see around here:  Art Saves Lives.  And it’s never been more true than now. We’re stuck alone at home, worried about loved ones, about the economy, about what’s next. Like many other organizations, the Hoffman Center for the Arts has cancelled nearly all in-person activities through the end of April.

Here’s an important way writers and artists with connections to the North Oregon Coast can participate in the arts now.

The 5th Word & Image project will be accepting entries from April 1 through April 30, 2020. This Hoffman Center program pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

Writers submit three pieces of writing and artists submit three pieces of art. From the submissions, twelve writers and twelve artists will be selected by a judging team of past participants. Please review the detailed submission guidelines and a link for submissions.

The twelve selected artists and writers will be randomly paired.  We hope to do that in person at a Hoffman Center gathering on Friday, June 12th. It’s one of our favorite events where each pair gets to meet and get their first glimpse at the art or writing they’ll be responding to.  But, we are already planning a virtual event, just in case.  Each writer and artist will be given copies of the other’s submitted work—either printed at the event, or electronically.

Over the summer, each writer and each artist will create new work in response to one of the three pieces submitted by their partner. A writer might create a new poem in response to a watercolor, for example. A photographer might make a new image in response to a prose piece. The resulting new works will be due Friday, July 31st electronically.

If everything goes as planned, the artwork will be exhibited at the Word & Image event on October 2, where the writers will also read their new work.  The paired work will be printed on broadsides, which will hang in the Hoffman Gallery as well as published in a book.  Both will be available for sale.

We look forward to seeing your work. In the meantime:  make art, write poems, take care.