Imagine a world in which society as we know it has disappeared. Where do you go? How do you rebuild? What would you need to not just survive, but thrive in this unfamiliar new world? Where would you find joy or happiness? These are some of the themes explored in this year’s Big Read book, “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel and the inspiration for the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s March exhibit, “Between the Lines: A World Without People.”
The Big Read is a community-wide book club, hoping to inspire new conversations and discoveries, spearheaded by the Springfield-Greene County Library District. “Working in conjunction with the Library, the SRAC is excited to extend a literary conversation into something visual,” says Rachel Johnson, SRAC programming and exhibits director. “We can’t wait to see what creative worlds our regional artists envision.”
Artists and creators can draw inspiration from any resource, but are encouraged to join in the Big Read and check out Station Eleven from their local library.
Up to three works of any medium and size may be submitted for consideration on February 22 and 23, between 9:00am and 5:00pm at The Creamery Arts Center. All two-dimensional pieces must be wired prior to drop off. No sawtooth hangers will be accepted.
If your medium is photography, you are encouraged to submit work to the library’s photo contest, with a deadline of February 25th. More information can be found regarding their submission policies on thelibrary.org.
“Between the Lines: A World Without People” will open with a free public reception on First Friday Art Walk, March 2nd from 5pm to 8pm.