How can artists and museums effectively communicate their work to a larger audience? What story can art tell, and how does it intersect a larger social and cultural narrative? How can art move and change people and society, and what is writing’s role in that process? What’s it like to spend a career writing in the arts?
This year’s “Careers in Writing” event is a panel discussion entitled “Writing in the Arts.” We’ll host experts in arts writing to discuss their careers and emphasize the importance of clear communication among all of the arts.
Shannon Perich is a curator and historian with the National Museum of American History, responsible for collecting, maintaining, and writing about a collection of a quarter of a million photographs. Frank Van Riper is a photographer and art critic who writes columns, books, and blogs, and leads photography workshops around the world. Sharon Gelman is a writer who helps artists envision and plan their activism. They’ll all speak with Arts department faculty member Lyn Ostrov in a panel-style discussion with plenty of time for audience questions.
The event is part of an annual speaker series, sponsored by the SSFS Writing Center, which spotlights writing-related careers for students, parents, and faculty/staff. All community members are invited to join us at 7:15 pm on Thursday, November 29, in Yarnall Library. Refreshments will be available, and Frank Van Riper will be selling and signing his book. Students should ask their English and Arts teachers about earning extra credit for attending. To reserve your spot, please contact Writing Center Director Ariel Voorhees.