Bridge of Light, Artistic Illumination from the Balkans

June 21, 2015 @ 8:13 pm – August 28, 2015 @ 9:13 pm
Slater Memorial Museum
108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT 06360

In a new exhibition, June 21 through August 28, the Slater Memorial Museum will present Bridge of Light, tracing the important artistic bridge first begun by William Meredith decades ago when he served as US Poet Laureate.  The bridge became a major part of Meredith’s legacy as a teacher, poet and friend to artists. Even during the darker days of Bulgarian history, he managed to keep lines of communication open through participation in international writers’ meetings and support of human rights and artistic freedom for minorities and dissidents. Meredith was accorded Bulgarian citizenship by President Zhelu Zhelev and the parliament.  Bridge of Light includes an exhibition of 100 works of art by Bulgarian and American artists who have shared their talent over three decades.  American artists represented in the exhibition have all traveled, walking the bridge, to Bulgaria for extended residencies.  Special events including a concert of music set to Meredith’s poetry and the launch of the 2015 William Meredith Award for Poetry will be featured.