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K.S. Ernst Collection

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K.S. Ernst has been writing poetry and making art since the 1960s. Her pieces span visual poetry, digital art, and fine art, incorporating sculpture, multimedia, works on paper, artists’ books, painting, fiber arts, and digital works.

Ernst has shown her work nationally and internationally including shows at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Berkeley Art Center, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, The Center for Book Arts, Rutgers University, The Nave Gallery, and her art is included in collections such as the Ohio State University Collection of Avant Garde and Experimental Writing, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Beinecke Library’s American Literature Collection at Yale University, as well as private collections such as The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. Her work has been published in books and magazines including Poetry magazine and Photo Techniques magazine.

Ernst has also participated in artist residencies, lectures, and performances with the Be Blank Consort, and she runs Press Me Close, which publishes books, postcards, and T-shirts of visual poetry.

This digital collection comprises a broad representation of Ernst’s work, including dimensional works, mixed media collages, paintings, and digital artwork, as well as her meticulous documentation of her own work, as all files and photographs were supplied by Ernst. She photographed the dimensional works and provided files for the digital pieces.