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This painted canvas hangs on the wall loosely from four gathered peaks—one peak on each end to the left and right, and two peaks evenly spaced in between. The fabric is tightly wrapped with a leather cord into a fist-like form to create each peak, except for the right-most peak, where the fabric is knotted. The canvas is stained with large areas of soft color that largely meld together, with mostly pink, peach, and yellow to the left that transitions to violet, turquoise, and sky blue to the right. Hard-edged, vivid orange streaks break through the blues and greens to the right.

Sam Gilliam, Relative, 1968, acrylic on canvas, Anonymous Gift, 1994.39.1

Worldbuilding: Unfolding New Realities

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program

Guided by local author and teacher Tara Campbell

Sam Gilliam put forth a new reality when he took his canvases off stretchers to create his famous draped works of art. Similarly, we'll imagine new worlds as writers, taking inspiration from Gilliam's Relative (1968). Worldbuilding is a vital component of all genres of writing, from historical fiction to contemporary realism to fantastical stories of the future, so everyone is welcome to come build their own new worlds.

Materials: A writing program or your preferred writing implements.

Questions? [email protected]