Poets aren't the only creatives working to end hunger. Visual artists also lend their creative talents to the anti-hunger cause by creating 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional as well as mixed media art. They also offer photographs, videos, and other forms of art. Their work powerfully evokes the scourge of hunger! In the hope that such art may spur poets to write, this page showcases some powerful examples of such important artwork. For instance, the artists below have created wonderful work that speaks to the anti-hunger cause. Similarly, artists and crafts-people who participated in the December 2022 Art Auction Fundraiser created remarkable work in response to Poetry X Hunger poems—and helped us collect $5,000+ for Feed the Children. Take a look at the Auction's fine, fine portfolio of work HERE.
So here's a challengeto YOU—Use the artwork on this page as a poetry prompt. And then send the resulting poems through Poetry X Hunger's submission window. Be sure to indicate which artwork inspired your poem.
Two Wonderful Featured Visual Artists
Diane Wilbon Parks
Diane has supported Poetry X Hunger with her artwork (see above) which became the Poetry X Hunger logo. She has also contributed her moving poetry and has added a testimonial statement about hunger to the cause. Diane Wilbon Parks is an accomplished poet, author, literary advocate, a Prince George’s County Poet of Excellence, and Literary Leader. She has written two poetry collections, an award-winning visual artist and a Children’s Book. Diane is the founder of The Write Blend, a culturally diverse poetry circle, and a member of the Voices of Woodlawn. Diane was brought in as an Expert Consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She celebrated the permanent installation of one of her poems and artwork as a permanent sign at the North Patuxent Research Refuge. Diane’s poetry has been featured nationally and internationally. Diane is a USAF Veteran, a Sr. IT Program Manager and resides in Maryland.
Dr. Jayne Shatz
Dr. Shatz is a longtime advocate for social change. In recent years, she has created powerful sculptures in response to hunger's scourge. See images of her 3-dimensional hunger-focused artwork, her bio and her artist statement below.
Dr. Jayne Shatz is an educator, historian, conference and video producer and painter, with a PhD-Prehistoric Ceramics, MA- Pottery and Sculpture, BA- Art History. Jayne began her work at Kilnhaus Potters; then Ceramics Director SUNY Albany College of Continuing Studies; founded The Albany Ceramic Institute; Ceramics Director Hudson Valley Community College/Troy Art Center; co-founded Hudson River Clay Factory and taught HS ceramics and sculpture for twenty years. Jayne published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine and Ceramics: Art & Perception. On book cover, Electric Firing: Creative Techniques”, her article on glazes was included. She produced the Slide Library www.jayneshatzpottery.com for New York State Council on Arts, lectures residing at www.jayneshatzpottery.com, Jayne was a returning lecturer at Hood College, MD. At Union College, NY, is a permanent installation of her representative prehistoric sculpture. She exhibited at Maryland Federation of Art; St. John’s College; Kent Island Federation of Art; Farmington Valley Arts Center; Lynn Kottler’s Gallery, NYC; Krasdale Foods Headquarters; Brookfield Craft Center; Peter’s Valley Arts Center; Hyde Collection. Awarded Studio Potter Foundation National Award Excellence Ceramic Education and Artist In Residence NY Foundation For Arts. Worked with NY State Museum and Holocaust Museum, DC with children’s tiles depicting Holocaust for DC Holocaust Museum "Remember the Children-Wall of Remembrance”.