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Prof. Joe Heithaus Contributes to National Art Museum of Sport Exhibit

May 23, 2008

Joe Heithaus 2007.jpgMay 23, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Joe Heithaus, associate professor of English at DePauw University, is one of eight Central Indiana poets who have written poems inspired by paintings in the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), located in University Place on the campus of IUPUI (Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis). Heithaus' poem, Vestibule, was inspired by Mervin Honig's painting, Usher at Shea Stadium, Queens. The poem is framed and hanging with the painting in the museum's Sporting Words gallery as part of a long-term exhibit.

Heithaus won the 2007 Discovery/The Nation Prize for a series of poems called "Poison Sonnets." Along with five other Indiana poets, he will have a poem featured on one of the stained glass windows of British artist Martin Donlin, which will be part of the new Indianapolis Airport opening later this year. His work has also appeared in Poetry, the North American Review, the African-American Review and the owl can044.jpgSouthern Review.

Heithaus, who chairs DePauw's English department, received a University Professor Award for 2008-2012. He earned a B.A. from the State University at Albany and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Other poets featured in the Sporting Words exhibit are Joyce Brinkman, Indianapolis; Ruthelen Burns, Carmel; Barry Harris, Zionsville; James Murdock, Howard County; Phoenix Cole, Indianapolis; JL Kato, Beech Grove; and Michael Strosahl, Elwood.

The National Art Museum of Sport, founded in 1959, is one of the nation's largest collections of art depicting sport. Located at 850 W. Michigan Street in Indianapolis, the museum is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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