“Nine by Nine: Designing Words,” a collaborative exhibit by student designers and poets at Linn-Benton Community College, is on view in the college’s South SantiamHall Gallery May 21 through June 8.
An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the SSH Gallery, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.
The exhibit showcases the illustrations of nine graphic design students who created their work in response to nine original poems written by student and faculty poets. The show pairs the illustrations with the poems that inspired each of them, and the poetry itself has been lettered for display by the design students.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to combine our word craft with the fine work of the graphic design students,” said Ruth Krueger, LBCC’s student poet laureate. “We hope the combined art stirs within the audience a desire to search for meaning, to find life.”
Krueger, a resident of Lebanon, is one of the nine poets participating in the show. The others are Chris Riseley, Alison Ruch, Eliot Kurfman and J.D. Mackenzie, all of Corvallis; Neil Davidson and Robin Havenick of Albany; Patrick Misiti of Wren; and Dan Simmons of Lebanon.
The graphic designers, all students of instructor John Aikman, are Adam Elveback, Laura Magedanz, Daniel Quirk and Joanna Rosinska, all of Corvallis; Keith Folsom and Rosanna Russell of Albany; Morgan Gregory of Shedd; John Kruskamp of Philomath; and Jerral Murphy of Lebanon.