||Twenty-fourth Writer's Eye Anthology also available for purchase.
This program challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Contestants submit original writings inspired by selected works from the museum's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. In 2010, docents led 216 tours for 2999 children and adults, and fourteen judges reviewed 1,226 entries. Each year the first-, second-, and third-place-winning entries are published in an anthology. This years' anthology will be available for purchase on March 20, 2011.
Now in its 24th year, the program is supported by generous gifts from Edith Warner and the Daniel M. and Wilma T. Horner Foundation, the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation, the Thomas L. Piper Education Endowment, and the University of Virginia Art Museum Volunteer Board.
This year, Jack Trammel and Charlotte Matthews, well-known writers from Louisa and Albemarle counties, respectively, served as our Distinguished Judges for the high school and university/adult categories. The elementary and middle school judges were Stephen Margulies, Geraldine Kruger, Barbara Fuhrman, Erin James, Susan Washko, Susan Guerrant, Proal Heartwell, Mark Collins, Molly Minturn, Michele Kellermann, Parke Muth and Heather Burns. Judging for the competition is blind, with the authors' names removed from the work prior to delivery to the judges. The students receiving awards attend schools located in the city of Charlottesville, and Albemarle and Madison, Nelson and Orange counties.
The Writer's Eye Awards Ceremony for the winners, and their families and teachers, will be held on Sunday, March 20, from 2-4 pm in Campbell Hall and the Museum.
Writer's Eye 2010 Award Winners (pdf) >
Writer's Eye Award Winners Press Release (pdf) >
Read UVa Today article >
I will speak for all of our teachers: We had an awesome experience...both working with our kids but also as participants ourselves in the Writer's Eye Workshop! We had some very energetic conversations before we headed back to Staunton. We hope to print our own book of the writings from this trip after the students have completed their work (and that includes teacher writings, too). The docents were very effective and spoke well to this age group.
—Shelburne Middle School
The interaction with the docent and the creativity she sparked...will help them, [the students], to see the connection of art to real life. They will understand that art is life and vice versa.
—Buford Middle School
Everyone enjoyed this museum visit. [The docent] is why my group had such a wonderful experience. She was able to "reach" them, [the students], by sitting on their level and embracing their imagination. For some students, this was a "first". They have never visited an art museum before. For others, they might be able to entice their parents to visit as well.
—Hollywood Elementary School
It inspired them to look at art in an open, observing, questioning, and involved way.
—Rockfish River Elementary School
The kids (ESOL) loved that [the docent] was explaining things in words they could understand. He really listened to everything they had to say. Many of them have never looked at art in this way. Sadly, many of them had never been to an art museum before. These are important "life experiences".
—Greer Elementary School
Attention educators! You and your students are invited to enter the 24th-annual Writer's Eye competition. This program challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Docent-led tours incorporate English and Art SOLs and encourage students to look at art through the writer's lens. Contestants submit original writings inspired by selected works from the museum's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions.
Art selections for Writer's Eye 2010 will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, as well as from the exhibition African Art: Beyond the Modernist Lens. Derived from the Museum's growing collection of African art, the exhibition examines the way African art is currently perceived and displayed in Western museum settings.
Compositions inspired by selected works on view in the Museum can be submitted in the categories of Prose or Poetry, for grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12, and University/Adult. Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. This year, Jack Trammel and Charlotte Matthews, well-known writers from Louisa and Albemarle counties, respectively, will serve as our Distinguished Judges for the high school and university/adult categories.
Winners are honored at an annual awards ceremony in the spring, and first-, second-, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer's Eye anthology.
A guided tour or museum visit is highly recommended, but not required to participate in the program. The art selections for Writer's Eye 2010 and the competition entry form are available below.
WE10 information and key dates (pdf) >
WE10 images (pdf) >
WE10 competition guidelines and entry form (pdf) >
WE10 writing tips and helpful hints (pdf) >
Both docent-led and self-guided tours must be scheduled in advance. Due to limited availability, early scheduling of your guided tour is recommended. To schedule a tour, please complete the Tour booking form below with 2nd and 3rd choices for dates and times, and email it. The Tour Coordinator will contact you to confirm the availability of your requested date and time, and will email your completed Tour booking form with contact information for your docent. You may also call 434.243.2050 to book your tour.
September 13 – November 5
Writer's Eye tours begin with a 45-minute tour of selected works, and are followed by a 30-minute writing
session. Groups are asked to arrive 10–15 minutes before their scheduled tour.
||9:15–10 am tour | 10–10:30 am writing
|10:45 am – 12 pm
||10:45–11:30 am tour | 11:30 am – 12 pm writing
|12:15 – 1:30 pm
||12:15–1 pm tour | 1–1:30 pm writing
|1:45 – 3 pm
||1:45–2:30 pm tour | 2:30–3 pm writing
WE10 tour booking form (pdf) >
Directions & map for unloading, parking, and loading buses (pdf) >
Visitation guidelines (pdf) >
Tuesday, September 7, 5 pm
Join us for a preview of the Writer's Eye 2010 selections from current exhibitions, an overview of the
Museum's educational programs for 2010–2011, and a light supper.
RSVP to 434.243.2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10.
Monday, September 13
Writer's Eye begins
Entry forms will be available in the Museum.
To schedule a Writer's Eye tour, call 434.882.2418, or email the Tour Coordinator.
Self-guided tours are also available.
Friday, November 5
Last day for docent-led tours of Writer's Eye.
Self-guided tours are still available until November 11.
Friday, November 12, 5 pm
Deadline for entries
Entries due at the Museum by 5 pm.
Winners, teachers, and judges will be notified by letter or email. No phone inquiries please.
March 20, 2011, 2 pm
Awards Ceremony at Campbell Hall, followed by a reception in the Museum.
The Anthology of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place winning entries will be available spring 2011.