Double Vision

“Double Vision
A Collaborative Exhibit of
PYRO Gallery Artists
& Louisville Poets

January 9, 2015 - February 15, 2015”

“I am not a painter, I am a poet.
Why? I think I would rather be
a painter, but I am not.” —Frank O’Hara”

PYRO Gallery pairs artists and poets in Double Vision Exhibit


Pyro Gallery will exhibit the collaborative works of 16 of their member artists paired with 16 local poets in Double Vision, opening at the gallery, 909 E. Market, Friday January 9, 6 – 9 PM and running through February 15.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be an exhibit catalogue. A series of literary readings/ conversations between poets and artists will be held Thursday evenings January 22, 29 and February 5 at 7 PM at the gallery. And local high school and university teachers have been invited to bring their classes to visit the gallery in a hands-on experience where several of the works invite participation and ongoing dialogue about the art/poetry collaborations.

The finished works range from an installation where visitors are invited to add their own words to form new poems in a hybrid between a Shinto shrine and Native American prayer sticks, to photography, printmaking, and a large scale fabric enclosure of image and text.

“The collaboration between artists and poets is testament to the myriad ways in which people can come together through art,” said the exhibition’s curator, Jeff Skinner, PYRO member and recent winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. “The resulting works are varied and exhilarating: witty, intense, provocative, and profound,” he added.

“Because art making is often a solitary endeavor,” said PYRO’s administrative director, Susie Harrison, “ Double Vision offered artists the opportunity to travel outside studio routines and familiar creative processes to engage in a word and image, free-form partner dance across creative art forms.” 

“We hope Double Vision serves as a counter-point to our product driven culture by placing great emphasis on process and collaboration,” said Harrison. “Some pairs met and shared meals together, others took road trips. Each pair discovered and lived their own definition of collaboration.”


PYRO Double Vision Exhibit                


The poet /artist pairs are:

POETS                          ARTISTS

      Bill Smith                     Keith Auerbach

John James                     Carrie Burr

                Erin Keane                     Beverly Glascock      

             Lynnell Edwards              Kay Polson Grubola  

      Martha Greenwald              Susan Harrison

          Sarah Gorham                   Paula Keppie

         Jessica Farquhar                 Jeff Skinner  

            Kathryn Welsh                   Bob Lockhart

          Ellyn Lichvar                        Debra Lott  

           Sean Patrick Hill                 John McCarthy

                 Michael Estes                    Mike McCarthy      

              Annette Allen                      Susan Moffett    

               Kristen Miller                     Corie Neumayer

                   Fred Smock                   James (Chip) Norton

              David Harrity                        C.J. Pressma

               Adam Day                           Jeff Skinner

            Makalani Bandele                   Wendi Smith


“Pyro is so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with so much of the literary talent of Louisville and hope we can continue with these kinds of collaborations,” Harrison added.

            PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 19 current members. Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors.

For additional information contact Paula Keppie at 502-883-0722, or at


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909 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206

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