2nd Annual MU Undergraduate Reading

We want to take another opportunity to acknowledge all of the wonderful writers who participated in our second undergraduate LED writing contest at the University of Missouri. Last Wednesday, we were lucky enough to hear from the winning writer and three fantastic finalists. We were also so pleased to see their friends, family and faculty turn out to celebrate their accomplishments.

We love hosting this event in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery the showcase of undergraduate visual art is a perfect complement, but it seemed particularly meaningful this year. The works that were read all offered insight into the writers’ generation, into their experiences in an era of gun violence and political paralysis. It was powerful to hear these readers raise their voices in a room full of visual art through which their peers are engaging many of the same issues and ideas. Their art and writing sincerely gives us hope for a better future.

We were also fortunate to have a great photographer on hand. The photos above are from Jovani Jones.

Jovani Jones is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in Health Science. He runs his own photography business with Fisheye Focals and can be found with a camera in hand most of time. His goal is to capture the life of the community through his photography and bring light to local talent and other venues.

Thanks again to Catherine Armbrust for hosting our event, and Jeff Wasserboehr for judging the contest!

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Ether by Annalee Roustio

We have installed Annalee Roustio‘s poem, “Ether,” right outside the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. “Ether” was selected as the winning piece in our Second Annual MU Undergraduate Writing Competition, and will be up on display into the new year.

Like all of our installations, you can stop by and read it at any time. If you’d like to hear Annalee to read it, then you’ll have to join us for our celebration of the undergraduate writers at  University of Missouri. The event will be inside the gallery on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.. The contest runners up will also be sharing their excellent works.

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2nd Annual MU LED Reading December 5

Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery for a reading to celebrate the talented undergraduate writers of the University of Missouri!

You’ll get to hear from Annalee Roustio, the winner of our 2nd Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing Contest, as well as the runners up.

Annalee’s winning poem, “Ether,” will be scrolling along outside the gallery. We promise it’s worth a few moments out in the cold!

Warm up inside with snacks and refreshments, and while you’re there you can enjoy the visual art of the 2018-19 MU Undergrad Juried Exhibition.

Find the reading on Facebook for updates and details.

Winner of the 2nd Annual MU Undergraduate Writing Competition

We are proud to announce that Annalee Roustio is the winner of the 2nd Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing competition!

Annalee is in her third year at MU, where she studies English and plans to declare a second major in French. She’s a tutor and outreach representative for the campus Writing Center, a copywriter at Marketing by Emma, and an intern for the poetry division of Persea Books. In terms of future plans, beyond traveling to AWP this spring with Persea Books and hopefully studying abroad this summer, Annalee has begun exploring MFA programs. She should probably complete her personal website. Until then, feel free to add her on LinkedIn; her brief (and with luck, ever-growing!) smattering of publications and prizes can be found there. Special thanks to Rebecca Pelky for her helpful feedback and encouragement.

Our judge, Jeff Wasserboehr, selected Analee’s moving, contemplative poem, “Ether” for publication on our scrolling LED display.

You can hear Annalee read “Ether” at on December 5th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, and you can read it yourself anytime in December on the display outside the gallery.

We’re very grateful to all the MU students who shared their writing with us as well as the instructors who encouraged their students to do so. Thank you!

Feb. 27 Undergraduate Competition Reading Event

On Tuesday, February 27th we will celebrate the winning writer and runners up of the 2018 MU Undergraduate Juried Writing Competition. The reading will be held at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and the first reading will commence around 5:15 p.m..

Find the event on Facebook to get updates and RSVP.

After the reading, we will continue the celebration at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.), where the winning piece will also be displayed on our new, permanent LED installation. Join us there for snacks and refreshments plus art and lovely people.