May/June Feature: An Ekphrastic Explosion

Pieter Breughel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” the muse for W.H. Auden’s famous poem “Musee des Beaux Arts”

Ekphrastic art responds to work from another medium: a poem commenting on a painting, a sculpture interpreting a song, a mural depicting a myth, etc. In April, the Honors College at the University of Houston held its fourth annual Ekphrastic Arts Festival, an event featuring works from UH undergrads. A central part of the festival, organized by Honors College professors Kimberly Meyer and Gabriela Maya, was an ekphrastic art competition. In commemoration of Homer’s Iliad, this year’s themes were war and rage. Students submitted their best ekphrastic pieces and the winners shared theirs at the event.

We at The Aletheia are honored to share those artists and works with you. This year’s winners are: Sarah Rodriguez (Visual Art), Archie Parks (Music Performance), and Hayder Ali (Literary Art). See their works and bios below. To learn more about the Ekphrastic Arts Festival, its sister event, Dionysia, and the Honors College in general, visit www.uh.edu/honors. Enjoy.

Edward S. Garza
Editor Emeritus

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Futility by Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez is a senior in the Philosophy department who often spends time wrecking things on camera.


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