U.Va. Art Museum's 'Writer's Eye 2011' Contest Begins Sept. 12

August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011 — The University of Virginia Art Museum announces Writer's Eye 2011, its 25th annual literary competition based on artworks selected from the museum's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions.

The competition will be judged in the categories of prose and poetry for grades three through five, six through eight, nine through 12 and university/adult. Entrants view the Writer's Eye art selections and then write a piece of original poetry or prose inspired by one of those works. 

Writer's Eye tours at the museum begin on Sept. 12, and contest entries must be submitted by Nov. 11. Contest winners will be announced in January, and the works of first-, second- and third-place winners will be published in a full-color anthology. An awards ceremony will be held March 25, with a reception to follow at the museum.

Art selections for Writer's Eye 2011 will be drawn from the museum's permanent collection, as well as from three current exhibitions: "Figure Study: The Fourteenth Street School and the Woman in Public," "The Dancer and the Dance" and "Variety, Archeology and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints form Column to Cornice."

Novelist John Casey (prose) and poet Kevin McFadden (poetry) will serve as this year's judges for the high school and university/adult divisions. Student entries from grades three through eight are judged by writers and writing teachers from the community.   

Entry forms and information about the competition are on the museum's website. The artwork selections will be posted by Sept. 12.

Docent-led group tours designed especially for school classes and other community groups are available by appointment weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends. Group visits must be scheduled through the museum's education department. Self-guided tours of the Writer's Eye selections may be taken during the museum's public hours Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

To schedule a group tour or receive information regarding the Writer's Eye 2011, call 434-243-2050 or email museumeducation@virginia.edu. The U.Va. Art Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road on the U.Va. Grounds in Charlottesville. Parking is available nearby.

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