EIDOS Definition


1. The distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual

character of a culture or social group.

2. Greek in origin:  visible form, shape, appearance, outward show, kind, species, class

3.  something that is seen or intuited:

a in Platonism :  idea

b in Aristotelianism (1) :  form, essence (2) :  species

c :  an appearance, conception, or form of intuition

4.  the cognitive part of cultural structure made up of the criteria of credibility, the logic used in thinking and acting, and the basic ideas by which the members of a culture organize and interpret experience

Inhabiting Our World

I came across a postcard from the Poetry Foundation.  On the front of it is a quote from the editor of Poetry Magazine that says:

“Let us remember… that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both.” 

I think this quote applies to all artworks and it is the inspiration for building the EIDOS ARTWORKS community.  Thank you for being here!




Ira Gardner

Ira Gardner

Ira Gardner has been a photographer for over 30 years and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. He has taught photography, multimedia, and documentary video production for 20 years at Spokane Falls Community College and served as chair of the Applied Visual Arts department for eight years. Ira has also served as chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education and as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and Spokane Film Project. He is the editor and publisher of EIDOS: A Quarterly Journal About Art and Culture and is also on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Art Collective