Monday, April 19, 2010

Call for Mailart/Visual Poetry Submissions is OVER now, information remains here about the exhibit(s) and opening events, etc.

(Click image to enlarge this Columbus Dispatch photo of JAB in Skylab window)

DEADLINE: August 1st, 2010 (Sorry, it's PAST!)
Mail Art received will be exhibited at SKYLAB in downtown Columbus OH Aug 19th - Aug 31st and in concurrence and after the Avant Writing Symposium at The Ohio State University (August19-21). The symposium is organized by  John M Bennett, Curator of the Avant Writing Collection-part of OSU library's Rare Books & MSS Library. As a tribute to John, who will retire from OSU sometime around the end of this year, SKYLAB will also exhibit a retrospective of JMB's visual poetry.  John Also Bennett, the main curator for SKYLAB, will install JMB's vispo show. C Mehrl Bennett will install the mail art show & has documented both digital and mailart submissions at:  A collaboration table set up by Jim Leftwich and other performances will happen at SKYLAB Saturday night 8pm August 21st. Participants from the OSU Avant Writing Symposium will be at the opening as many have submitted works to this exhibit & this will be the final gathering of the AW Symposium. There will be lists of addresses available as handouts to anyone who might want to start or carry on M.A. correspondences with participants in the mailart exhibit. All vispo submitted digitally will be part of a powerpoint slideshow to be shown at the opening. All vispo submitted eventually becomes part of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Library: either as a physical piece of mailart or digitally burned to a CD with contact information documentation.
(Any further QUESTIONS by participants? Please email

FINAL NOTE: The mailart installation comes down tomorrow 9/2/2010.
I've written a review about the OSU Avant Writing Symposium, for which the final event listed was the Skylab Opening on 9/21 2010. It appears at a separate blog here:
A LARGE assortment of photos by many different people of Symposium events and from Skylab opening night are being posted to John M Bennett's Flickr site here:


  1. What an amazing exhibit this will be, I hope I can view it some time! The next time I am in Columbus I will have to visit skylab, I can't believe I left this out of my agenda on this last trip - stupid !
    see you next time !

    Next time you're in Columbus check out Skylab's myspace website to see what's playing/showing while you're here. At some point I hope you'll send me your own idea of "visual poetry" to add to this blog and to the mailart exhibit in August 2010.

  3. Leanne Claire CivilettiAugust 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    I wish I had seen this earlier than today.
    I am a writer/altered bookwork artist. Turned more into installation thought forms.

    I was very active in MAILART when my friend Judith Hoffberg was still with us.

    This site is wonderful!

  4. Thankyou for your comments, Leanne.
    "installation thought forms" sounds cool!
    Yes, Judith came here for the Ray Johnson retropective about ten years ago and stayed at our house. Very smart and interesting person, and we all appreciated the Umbrella newgroup.