Artebella - Jeffrey Skinner February 08 2016, 0 Comments
Jeffrey Skinner is a photographer-poet-playwright, which makes him quite the multi-hyphenate, yet the separation between the disciplines is not always as great as we might first imagine. The blurred, ghostly image of the pitcher in “The Old Ways” uncovers visual poetry in the way that words might construct an image in our mind. And what is “Ephraim” if not a forceful expression of the photographer’s eye seeing ethereal qualities in nature that others might have overlooked?
Skinner’s photographs have had solo shows and been part of many group exhibitions in and around Kentucky. He is a member of Pyro Gallery in Louisville where, in January 2015, he curated a unique exhibit of collaborations between 16 pairs of visual artists and poets called Double Vision. He is scheduled to have a solo exhibition at Pyro in August 2016.
In 2015 Skinner was given one of eight American Academy of Arts & Letters Awards. Also a writer, Skinner is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. His most recent book of poems, Glaciology, won the 2012 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Award, and was published in 2013 by Southern Indiana University Press. In 2006 he was awarded his second Creative Writing Fellowship ($20,000) from the National Endowment for the Arts. Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors, and Editorial Consultant, for Sarabande Books, a literary publishing house he founded with his wife Sarah Gorham.
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