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February 2024


Sydney Vize, Abigail Holcombe, April Wright, John M. Bennett, and C. Mehrl Bennett

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 17
7 – 10 p.m.

Closing Reception
Saturday, March 9
12 – 3 p.m.

About the Artists

April Wright is a visual artist and professor from Germantown, Tennessee. She uses humble, everyday materials to connect personal narratives about home and ideals of domesticity. She received her B.A. in Sculpture and Ceramics from Union University and her M.F.A. in Art Studio at the University of Kentucky with a focus in Ceramics and Fibers in 2020. She works interdisciplinary in sculpture and installation art.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries, such as the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, Illinois, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, and Boom 48hr Student Neukolln Artist Festival, Berlin, Germany. She has been an artist in resident at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art Columbia, South Carolina in 2020 and Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California from fall 2020-2021, and the Tend Artist Residency at the Walkaway House in North Adams, MA in 2023. Currently, she resides in Frostburg, Maryland as professor of sculpture and gallery director at Frostburg State University.

Abigail Holcombe and Sydney Vize investigate complex ways of regarding one’s own body, whether they emerge through everyday minutiae, being seen by others, or in moments of total solitude. Specific objects and instances slide in and out of focus between abstract forms, shapes that seem oddly familiar, and text that directs viewers in a particular direction without revealing what they might find.



John M. Bennett has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues, and also has has published over 500 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and was Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His work has been discussed in numerous articles, essays, interviews, and introductions, including in the recently published book by Jim Leftwich, CONTAINERS PROJECTING MULTITUDES: EXPOSITIONS ON THE POETRY OF JOHN M. BENNETT (Luna Bisonte Prods). Bennett’s PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.

C. Mehrl Bennett studied art at MCAD, Mpls. MN, has a 1975 B.A. (painting/drawing) from Clarke University, Dubuque, IA. She lives in Columbus, OH. Her focus has been on assembling found objects, collage, mailart, writing essays, book reviews, poetry or short songs and on sound recording/editing via audio, video, or photography. By using art, scanned or found objects, photos and text she digitally manipulates or collages visual or video poems, handmade books in limited editions, and posts R visual, audio, and video poetry online. Travel opportunities to meet and play with others in the network are plentiful with festival events for fluxus or dada, poetry, 2 video poetry, and the Roanoke VA Marginal Arts Fest (now known as AfterMAF), and as teaching aid for ex-FLUXUS perimental writing classes conducted with her poet/ artist spouse, John M. Bennett. CMB and JMB have three adult sons, and both are retired from day jobs. CMB is book designer/ assoc.editor/ tech person for Luna Bisonte Prods

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