(December 19, 2014)

Algur Meadows museum to host community poetry reading

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College and the Friends of the Meadows Museum will host a poetry reading and reception in conjunction with the exhibition Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter on Thursday, January 15, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Paradise by Keith Carter

The event will feature a reading and book signing by Professor of English Dr. David Havird, author of Map Home (Texas Review Press, 2013) and Ashley Mace Havird, author of The Garden of the Fugitives (Texas Review Press, 2014, and winner of the X. J. Kennedy Prize).

Readers are encouraged to visit the exhibition and compose a poem in response to the photographs. An open mike to share pieces will be available at 5:30 p.m.

Lauded as "a transcendent realist" and "a poet of the ordinary," internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter uses light and chemistry to reveal hidden meanings in the real world. Drawing from the nature of animals, popular culture, folklore, and religion, the more than 60 photographs on display through January 31 explore relationships that are timeless, enigmatic, and mythological.

This exhibition originates from the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which houses the world's largest Keith Carter collection with over 1,200 images. Exhibition Tour management by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum, and supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Museum is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to schedule field trips, call the Museum at 318.869.5040.