It was like the game Telephone Pictionary. Only now can UNCG participants see how the “game” turned out.

And you can, too.

The exhibition “The Messenger Project” is on view in UNCG’s EUC Gallery through Dec. 20.

UNCG creative writing students and studio artists, one after the other, created the works.

The idea was simple:

A writer would create a poem or work of prose. And take it to the student artists’ lounge and leave it in a gold mailbox. A student there, inspired by the work, would create a drawing or other piece of art. And take that to the writers’ lounge, where they had a special box. There was a three-day time limit to create the work and deliver it. Anonymity for each work was protected. Ultimately, 15 students and faculty participated over a month and a half. Their series of works are displayed in chronological order. (As you enter, start from the right.)

Three UNCG graduate student organizers – Amanda Wagstaff, Molly Sentell Haile and Jessica Plante – kept a spreadsheet, to keep it all organized. They met through UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts. At an opening reception in late November, Wagstaff explained that the student organizers were looking for an innovative way to spur interdisciplinary dialogue, even in the face of university budget cuts.

The works are displayed just as they were found, she noted.

If you want to see the exhibition of “flash art,” stop in soon before it’s gone.

Story by Mike Harris, University Relations