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Thursday, January 30, 2014

A new exhibition of photographs and prose poems about items people save after the death of a loved one opened this week in the OCC Art Center Building and will run through March 3. “Saved” features large color photographs by North Carolina-based artist Jody Servon and prose poems by California-based poet Lorene Delany-Ullman.

The campus and public are invited to an opening reception and reading on Thursday, February 20, in the Art Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The “Saved” project was conceived after artist Jody Servon’s father and three friends died within a single year. Servon was affected by how friends and colleagues openly shared stories of their own lost loved ones with her. This experience led her to borrow objects from the bereaved and photograph them.

While working on “Saved,” Servon met poet Lorene Delany-Ullman at the Vermont Studio Center. Together they composed interview questions for the objects’ owners in relation to the photographed items. Servon corresponded with the objects’ owners, and then forwarded their answers to Delany-Ullman. The resulting prose poems, based on the interviewees’ responses and crafted by Delany-Ullman, are meant to evoke the relationships between the objects, the relatives or friends who saved them, and the original owners. The “Saved” exhibition includes color photographs by Servon paired with prose poems by Delany-Ullman.

Servon’s art projects include installations, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and social experiments. She received an MFA in New Genre from The University of Arizona and a BFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an associate professor and director of the Catherine J. Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Her work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and as public projects in the US, Canada, and China. Servon participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Artists Center, Super G Experiential Residency and was a conceptual artist in residence for the Town of Clayton in North Carolina in 2012. She has received multiple awards including two fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Delany-Ullman, a native Californian, received her MFA in English from the University of California, Irvine. She formerly worked as a technical writer for the Boeing Company and Impulse Research, a public opinion and marketing research firm. Her book of prose poems, “Camouflage for the Neighborhood,” won the 2011 Sentence Award, and was published by Firewheel Editions (December 2012).

Her poetry has been published in a wide variety of publications and anthologies. As one of the founding committee members of the Casa Romantica Reading Series in San Clemente, Delany-Ullman helped organize and host monthly poetry and fiction readings for six years. She currently teaches composition at University of California, Irvine.

OCC’s Art Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission is free for exhibitions. For information please call 714-432-5524 or visit Orange Coast College, School of Photography at