25th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: September 30-October 5, 2002


Donald Roller Wilson, 25th Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Featured Participant

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Mills Godwin 102

Author/Artist Bio

Donald Roller Wilson has paintings hanging in the collections of Jack Nicholson, Steve Martin, Dan Ackroyd, Robin Williams, Holly Solomon, Meryl Streep, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. Carrie Fisher wrote that "his paintings tell stories with pictures and he tells the stories through the innocence of images created from a seemingly pointless combination of various dressed up animals, objects - even vegetables - assembled for just one last family portrait. The surface effect is whimsy."


Friday, October 4th, 2002 at 11:00 a.m.

Poetry and painting have long been viewed as sister arts. "The poet is like a painter," said Plato. Horace coined the phrase ut pictura poesis ("as a painting, so a poem"). Three contemporary artists, Mark Doty and W. D. Snodgrass (poets) and Donald Roller Wilson (painter) address the relationship of poetry and painting through their own experience. Linda McGreevy is the moderator.

Saturday, October 5th, 2002 at 5:00 p.m.

Donald Roller Wilson was born in Houston, Texas, on November 23, 1938, 10:55 a.m. His mother, a descendent of German-Ditch Jews who prospered during the Oklahoma land rush, had run off and married his father, and Episcopalian wildcatter who had been laying pipe in the Oklahoma plains. Roller's paintings are in the collections of Jack Nicholson and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Smithsonian Institution, and many others.

Co-sponsored by the Old Dominion University Gallery


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