Artists collaborate for Soap Gallery show

“Words Made Visible,” a literary-visual arts collaboration featuring artwork inspired by the written word, opens Saturday at the Soap Gallery.

According to Karen Schubert, director of Lit Youngstown, “Words Made Visible is a multifaceted project that bridges the visual and literary arts. Our hope is to highlight the work of Ohio-affiliated writers and artists in both traditions, and bring their work to a wider audience through public art.”

Last year, Lit Youngstown issued a call to Ohio-affiliated writers for poems and prose, receiving hundreds of submissions. Final pieces were chosen through a blind judging process to be turned into works of visual art via posters, broadsides and sidewalk art.

All visual artwork on display is inspired by the written works submitted by Ohio writers. It includes broadsides letterpressed by Jason Vaughn at The Cranky Pressman and posters created by graphic designer Laura A. Garvin.

Youngstown State University students also contributed works for the exhibit, including drawings and paintings created by students under the supervision of YSU professors Chris McCullough and Dragana Crnjak, digital art by the students of Dana Sperry and sculptural works by Missy McCormick’s students.

An opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown. Contributing writers — Mari Alschuler, Dianne Borsenik, Steve Brightman, Jeanne Bryner, Juliet Cook, Jennifer Hambrick, David Lee Garrison, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Kayla Jeswald, Paula J. Lambert, Robert Miltner, Caitlyn Ryan, Kerri Trautman and Laura Grace Weldon — will read their work included in the show starting at 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and the exhibition runs through February.

Lit Youngstown presents this project with the support and partnership of the YSU Art Department, the Soap Gallery, the Nathalie and James Andrews Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.