The 14th Annual Writer's Eye Competition
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.
September 25 - November 10, 2000
This program is sponsored by the Bayly Art Museum
Volunteer Board and private support.
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
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
Eye competition may call docent program chair Mary Ellen Brehm at 975-2324
or the Museum's education office at 924-7458.