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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Rita Dove to Kick Off Governor’s School for the Arts’ New Guest Artist Series

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities has announced a new program that will bring world-renowned artists to Greenville for free public events and educational opportunities. This spring, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Rita Dove will be attending the program, as well as director, artist, composer, and musician Laurie Anderson.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Rita Dove

President Dr. Cedric Adderley says that “Our goal for the Presidential Guest Artist Series is to provide educational, inspirational, and impactful arts experiences for our students, as well as students from Greenville County schools, and for the Upstate community. We are excited about our first two artists and grateful for the financial support from The Graham Foundation and First Citizens Bank that has made this possible.” 

On Tuesday, March 6, Rita Dove will read selections from her latest release, Collected Poems, 1974-2004, and discuss her life’s work. Dove has written nine collections of poetry and and received the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1987. She served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-1995 and Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004-2006. Other honors include the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities, Lifetime Achievement Medal from President Clinton, and in 2011 the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. She is currently the Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia.

On Friday, April 13, Laurie Anderson will give an artist talk and read from her brand-new release, All the Things I Lost in the Flood. Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentation and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist, she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA. In 2015, her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as a selection at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the Pratt’s Institute’s Honorary Legends Award, and Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts.

Both artists will spend two days in Greenville with itineraries that also include class time with Governor’s School for the Arts students and school-wide artist talks with visiting students from participating public schools in Greenville County. Students and schools that attend will receive copies of the artist’s work to take home or add to their library collections thanks to funding from The Graham Foundation.

Artist, director, and musician Laurie Anderson

The public is invited to attend the Rita Dove reading at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, and the Laurie Anderson artist talk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Both events are free and will be held at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located at 15 University Street, Greenville, SC, 29601. Tickets are not required. These events may also be viewed live or archived online at Livestream.com/scgsah.

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. As a public, residential high school, serving juniors and seniors, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students. The Governor’s School also serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. http://www.scgsah.org

For more information on the guest artists, visit www.scgsah.org/2018-presidential-guest-artist-series.php

All images courtesy of scgsah.org.

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