Winners of the 14th Writer's Eye Competition

The Writer's Eye

The 14th Annual Writer's Eye Competition
September 25 - November 10, 2000
This program is sponsored by the Bayly Art Museum Volunteer Board and private support.

The Writer's Eye competition fuses the creative spirit of artists and writers. Charlottesville area residents who view a group of selected art works at the Bayly Art Museum are invited to write an original poem or short story in response to one of the pieces. The competition uniting the verbal with the visual encourages writers to think about and to view the works of art in the museum's collection in an altogether fresh way.

The 14th annual Writer's Eye competition, organized by the Museum docents, begins September 25, 2000, with tours for area students and adults. By November 10 (last day to view selections is November 5), when entries must be received, it is anticipated that over 1,000 individuals representing the four categories of competition - elementary, middle, high school, and university/adult - are expected to view a selection of art chosen to stimulate original and creative prose and poetry.

This year's art selections are taken primarily from the Charlottesville Collects Exhibition. On loan from area collections, this exhibition features works in a variety of media and time periods.

We are honored to have Jerome McGann, the John Stewart Bryan English Professor at the University of Virginia, judging the high school and university/adult poetry entries. He is the author and editor of a large number of scholarly books and poetry.

We are extremely pleased to have as our prose judge for these categories the local novelist and writer Karl Ackerman. His latest novel, Dear Will, was released in April. Mr. Ackerman was previously our 1996 prose judge.

Anyone interested in additional information on the 2000 Writer's Eye competition may call docent program chair Mary Ellen Brehm at 975-2324 or the Museum's education office at 924-7458.