Topeka, Kan. – Irish poet Desmond Egan will share his poetry and his thoughts about Irish painters, including the works of Irish painter Aloysius O’Kelly on March 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Rita Blitt Gallery on the Washburn University campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Born in Athlone, County Westmeath and educated at University College in Dublin, Egan’s first collection of poetry, Midland (1973), was followed by subsequent volumes including Song for My Father (1989), Seeing Double (1991), In the Holocaust of Autumn (1994), Collected Poems (1984), and Selected Poems (1992). His poetry has been translated into Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Italian, Bulgarian, French and Greek, among other languages. In 1972, he founded The Goldsmith Press. His awards include the 1983 National Poetry Foundation of USA Award for his Collected Poems and an iBAM (Chigago) Award for Literature in 2015. To date, he has published 23 collections of poetry, two of prose and two translations of Greek plays.
Egan’s reading will reference Irish painters, including Aloysius O’Kelly whose painting, The Path to the Well (Brittany), is featured in the Endangered Art exhibition (February 2-June 3, 2018) at the Washburn University Mulvane Art Museum. The exhibition allows the Mulvane to showcase 26 artworks in the collection that are in need of conservation, cleaning, and/or framing. O’Kelly (1853-1936), an Irish painter, illustrator, and committed activist, attended Ecole des Beauz-Arts in Paris, and traveled to Brittany in 1876 where he painted its aesthetic coastlines, fishing ports, and villages. He lived in the United States and his paintings during this period portrayed city life in New York City.
The Mulvane Art Museum and Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden are open Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and closed on Sunday and Monday. The museum is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.washburn.edu/mulvane.
Editor’s Note: Desmond Egan will also present on modern Irish poetry Wednesday, March 7, at noon in the International House on the Washburn University campus. Egan will explore how Irish poetry developed and who are the poets “worth watching” after the giant figure of W.B. Yeats (died 1939). This presentation is free and is open to the public.