‘Prairie Wind Live’ exhibition opens at Freeport Art Museum Sept. 27

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Prairie Wind Live brings together the visual, literary and performance arts in an exciting collaboration between the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) and Highland Community College (HCC).

For more than 20 years, HCC has produced an award-winning magazine publication called Prairie Wind, featuring art, poetry, short stories and music selected from the Highland Gallery’s annual Juried Art exhibition.

This fall, these works will come to life at the FAM through a dynamic exhibition featuring interactive audio and visual recordings. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to listen to selected original music compositions on MP3 devices while viewing the art and a special video installation that will present interviews with the artists.

The opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, will be a unique chance for visitors to interact with artists, writers and musicians as they present their works live through demonstration, talks and readings. Exhibition remains on display through Nov. 9.

Following the exhibit opening, a series of educational programs is scheduled to take place at FAM, HCC and at the Freeport Public Library, where visitors can experience the multi-media project through readers theaters of featured poetry and short stories and demonstrations of artistic media and technique throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Special guest speaker and former Prairie Wind contributor Austin Smith will make a visit to Freeport in October to talk about his newly published book of contemporary poetry titled Almanac. Smith grew up on a family dairy farm near Freeport and is a graduate of Freeport High School. He holds an master’s degree in poetry from the University of California — Davis and a master of fine arts in poetry from the University of Virginia. He is a Wallace Stenger Fellow at Stanford University. Smith credits Prairie Wind with giving him encouragement to continue in his writing pursuits.

FAM is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, Ill., and can be reached at (815) 235-9755. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

Posted Sept. 25, 2013

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