The Spring Creek Project invites submissions of creative writing to accompany the exhibit, “Microbiomes: To See the Unseen,” to be held from April 13 – May 27, 2017 at the Corvallis Arts Center.

We invite submissions of flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that engage with the exhibit’s theme. Up to five selected works will be included in the Exhibition Catalog along with the exhibit’s visual art entries. If there are sufficient high-quality pieces, a chapbook of selected writings may be published by the Spring Creek Project.microbiome

The Microbiome Art Project is an art and science collaboration that focuses on microbial systems that affect human health, biodiversity of animal species, and air, earth and water quality. This exhibition asks both artists and researchers, “How can we see the unseen?” Microbiology tries to measure, visualize and understand complex microscopic systems in the same way artists seek understanding for life’s many questions. Through this exhibit, the arts will document and interpret complex research concepts, bring greater understanding for artists and the public, and offer a unique perspective to the scientific community.

 To inspire your writing, you can find links to examples of existing science-art collaborations here: Microbiome Websites.

“Microbiomes: To See the Unseen” is presented by The Corvallis Arts Center, in collaboration with the OSU Department of Microbiology;  SPARK: The Year of Arts and Sciences, and the Spring Creek Project.


Please limit your submission to:

  • Prose: 500 words
  • Poetry: 40 lines

Please do not include any visual images.

How to Submit: Beginning October 17, submit your writings to our Submittable page. The deadline is December 1. As these pieces will be read blind, please remove your name from your submission. Multiple submissions not accepted.