Public Program

Inprint Writing Workout on “Hyperreal: Gray Foy”

Join Inprint for a curator talk and interactive writing activity on the exhibition Hyperreal: Gray Foy that will flex your creative muscles. Experience for yourself the rewards and pleasures of creative writing.

Between the 1940s and 1970s, American artist Gray Foy (1922–2012) created a body of extraordinarily meticulous drawings, most often rendered in graphite on paper. Intrigued by Surrealism and Magic Realism as a young artist, Foy characterized his artistic method as “hyper-realism.” His exacting technique—which required intense concentration and even months to complete a single drawing—rewards sustained looking. The exhibition spans the entirety of Foy’s career, from his early Surrealist compositions to his later inventive botanical and geological renderings.

Writer and Inprint Prize Winner Layla Al-Bedawi will guide attendees in this free hour-and-a-half writing workshop centered around themes from the exhibition. No prior creative writing workshop experience needed.

Attending the program:

Free, advance registration is required, and space is limited. Please visit Inprint’s website here to sign up.

This program takes place in the Menil Drawing Institute, located at 1412 W. Main St. Additional information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

As always, Menil programs are free and open to all.

About the writer:

Layla Al-Bedawi is a writer of fiction, personal essays, prose poetry, and hybrid strangelings. English is her third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Born in Germany to Kurdish and Ukrainian parents, she moved to the US in 2006 and currently lives in Houston. Her work has been awarded the 2023 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, IGNYTE Award, and Rhysling Award, and has been selected for the 2021 Best Small Fictions anthology. She has been published in Wigleaf, Bayou Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Juked, Strange Horizons, among others. She is a candidate in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.