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Kennedy Museum recognizes Athens Middle School eighth graders

ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2004) -- A public reception will be held at the Kennedy Museum of Art, on May 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., acknowledging the work of Athens Middle School eighth graders, English teacher Betsy Anderson and Kennedy Museum 2004 Poet-in-Residence Wendy McVicker.The Athens Middle School installation at the Kennedy Museum of Art. Photo by Rick Fatica

These individuals participated in a new Kennedy Museum initiative this year that features McVicker as the museum's first poet-in-residence. McVicker worked with Sally Delgado, the museum's curator of education and museum education staff, which is comprised of Ohio University students, to create exciting programming surrounding an exhibit of two outstanding prints by contemporary artist Lesley Dill.

Drawn from the museum's renowned Contemporary Print Collection, Dill's prints "A Word Made Flesh...Throat" and "Print Tapestries...Poem Wedding Dress," incorporate the poetry of Emily Dickinson and use the power of language to create images and the power of images to stimulate language. Dill uses metaphoric imagery to explore the role of language in cloaking or revealing the human soul. She creates evocative, multifaceted works, rich in meaning.

Seventy-seven students were challenged to explore and respond to Dill's striking and thought-provoking works and create their own poetry.

AMS student Ibriham Alassaf works on a poem for the Kennedy Museum installation."The combination of art and images with words -- language -- gave rise to many interesting discussions within our classroom," writes Athens Middle School teacher Betsy Anderson. "I find many of the poems profound; I hope you do as well. It was a pleasure for me to work with the Kennedy Museum of Art, with Wendy McVicker, and most of all, with these talented young people who spend 47 minutes of each weekday in my classroom!"

A special installation of the eighth-graders' poems, written during the program in response to the Lesley Dill exhibition, is currently on view for museum visitors to enjoy.

This special Kennedy Museum program is part of ongoing curriculum-based programming, which uses the museum's Education Galleries as a resource for teaching. The Education Galleries feature rotating objects from the museum's collections. The Kennedy Museum of Art is proud to continue to work with Ohio University students and local schools as a resource for teachers and students.

For more information on the Kennedy Museum of Art and its programs visit www.ohio.edu/museum.

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