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Featured Artist Series Ekphrastic Showcase

Amy Pleasant
poem by Whitney Koo


Oil on canvas

72 x 108 in


Amy Pleasant (b.1972) received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art (1999). Pleasant is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (2018) and received the South Arts Prize for the State of Alabama (2018). Other awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award (2015), Cultural Alliance of Birmingham (2008) and the Alabama State Council on the Arts (2019/2003).

Whitney Koo is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. She holds a PhD in English-Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review, Colorado Review, Annulet, American Literary Review, Heavy Feather Review, Bayou Review, and elsewhere.

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