A Poet and a Painter Under the Same Roof

February 8, 2007

Poet Gregory Orr and painter Trisha Orr will discuss the relationship between their work as artists and their lives as a couple in the presentation ’Elaborating and Collaborating the Beloved: A Painter and a Poet Under the Same Roof,’ Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

The Orrs have been living under the same roof for more than 34 years. That roof is the physical roof over marriage, but also the metaphorical roof of their commitment to making art. When they say ’the beloved,’ they mean, in part, Art as Other to which the artist is devoted. They have pursued their respective art in individually-determined directions, but they have also collaborated to bring painting and poetry together. They think of this process as “elaborating and collaborating the beloved.”

Gregory Orr is a professor of English at University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1975. He was founding director of the university’s MFA program in writing. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2003 Orr was presented with the Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is author of nine collections of poetry, the most recent of which isConcerning the Book That is the Body of the Beloved.

Trisha Orr has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Charlottesville, Houston, New York, San Francisco, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, among others. She studied at the Art Student’s League in New York City, Sarah Lawrence College, Rhode Island School of Design, and New York Studio School. She earned a BA from University of Michigan.

This presentation is sponsored by the Mary Baldwin University Department of Art and Art History, the English department, the Division Coordinators, and the Office of the Dean of the College.

The event will be at 7 p.m. on February 21 in Mary Baldwin University’s Lyda B. Hunt Gallery in the Hunt Dining Hall, 218 Hunt Drive, Staunton. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (540) 887-7196.