We all connect through stories. The American Writers Museum will be opening in Chicago in May 2017.

In the run up to the opening, The Creative Process exhibition is being launched and will be traveling to universities and museums, beginning with the Sorbonne in March 2016.

The Creative Process exhibition consists of interviews with over 100 esteemed writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Hilary Mantel, Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford, Junot Díaz, Jane Smiley, Marie Darrieussecq, Michel Faber, Neil Gaiman, T.C. Boyle, Jay McInerney, George Saunders, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Ann Beattie, Douglas Kennedy, Sam Lipsyte, DBC Pierre, and Yiyun Li, among others.

Each interview is supported by colorful, intimate portraits of the author.


EDUCATING VIA AN EXHIBITION

The Creative Process takes the form of a large, hand-embellished, loose-leaf folio edition, making it ideal to exhibit on walls, stands or display cabinets. The aim of the exhibition is to foster discussions among students and visitors about literature, the creative process and the importance of the humanities. In these insightful interviews writers discuss their work and themes, touching upon issues of greatest importance to us today.

DISPLAY OPTIONS & SUPPORTING EVENTS >

Participating universities are gifted their own hand-embellished, limited edition for their archives. 
The Creative Writing and Literature departments are invited to participate in interviews or contribute text to the forward of their own unique edition.  *Approximately Ledger/A3 Format.

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“What I discovered and what my grandfather always taught me which was really valuable, which was so important for me, is that one can listen without asking questions and learn an enormous amount.
–Junot Díaz


VOLUNTEER & PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES

Have an idea for an essay, story or poem linked to the writers featured in The Creative Process?

Submission Guidelines
 
 

PREVIEW EXHIBITION AT THE SORBONNE 1 - PANTHÉON IN MARCH 2016

BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST & INTERVIEWER

Mia Funk’s portraits of writers and artists appear in many public collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, Dublin Writers Museum, Office of Public Works, American Writers Museum (forthcoming), and other museums and culture centers. Funk has received many awards and honors, including the Prix de Peinture from the Salon d’Automne de Paris and has exhibited at the Grand Palais, Paris. She was commissioned by the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival to paint their 30th anniversary commemorative painting of over 20 jazz legends. Her paintings of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud won the Thames & Hudson Pictureworks Prize and were exhibited in Brussels for Bacon’s centenary, in Paris at the American University, as well as international arts festivals in Europe. As a writer and interviewer, she produces a column and podcast for Litro (UK) and the Portrait of a Writer column for TinHouse.com, and contributes to various national publications. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum.

The Creative Process exhibition is being held in leading universities around the world. The list of participating universities and institutions is presently being completed. If you’d like to take part in this celebration of the humanities, please contact us.

If you are a writer and would like to participate in The Creative Process, contact mia@creativeprocess.info . 

 

Some of the universities and museums participating in the physical exhibition and/or interlinking online exhibition:
Sorbonne, UC Berkeley, MIT, Columbia University, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh, University of Milan, University of Toronto, University of Salamanca, Trinity College Dublin, University of Hong Kong, American Writers Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University,  University of Warsaw, Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre (Łódź), among others.

We will be capping the number of universities participating in the physical exhibition of The Creative Process at 40 leading universities around the world. Over a hundred university and national literary magazines will be participating in the interlinking online exhibition.

THE PORTRAITS FOR THE CREATIVE PROCESS ARE PAINTINGS EXECUTED IN OIL, WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, ENCRE DE CHINE AND OTHER MEDIUMS.  THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PAGE ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY  AND ARE NOT THE COPYRIGHT OF MIA FUNK.

THE PORTRAITS FOR THE CREATIVE PROCESS ARE PAINTINGS EXECUTED IN OIL, WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, ENCRE DE CHINE AND OTHER MEDIUMS.  THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PAGE ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY  AND ARE NOT THE COPYRIGHT OF MIA FUNK.