A free public event, @Salon features renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.
Funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and the McLean County Arts Center, the event will feature renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual art. Set amidst the arresting photography of Jin Lee and Rhondal McKinney and the provocative pastel drawings of John Cassidy, the salon program will feature a performance by acclaimed New Dramatists Playwright Sharon Bridgforth (author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning bull-jean stories), a poetry video of Monica Hand's work, works-in-progress presentations by ISU PhD candidates Jamison Lee and Lasantha Rodrigo, and musical selections by lyric soprano Kristin White and pianist Erin Malone.
A theater of conversation and exchange akin to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th century, ISU’s @Salon welcomes artists and arts enthusiasts from area colleges and universities, the larger Bloomington-Normal community and beyond. In addition to showcasing the artistry of featured artists, @Salon will include presentation and discussion of works-in-progress using Liz Lerman’s Format for Critical Response—a format for feedback that affords the artist an active role in the dialogue. Works by featured artists will also be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
For more information about @Salon e-mail Duriel E. Harris or call 309-438-1401.
The Department of English at Illinois State University is dedicated to providing an environment that facilitates individual and communal creative, intellectual, and administrative work, and outreach.