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Writer’s Eye 2004 Begins Sept. 27

September 10, 2004 -- The Writer’s Eye, an annual prose and poetry competition held at the University of Virginia Art Museum, begins Sept. 27.

The goal of Writer’s Eye, organized by the docents at the museum, is to encourage a diverse and active response to the visual arts through prose and poetry. The contest is open to students in grades 3 through 12, University students and adults.

All works on view at the museum are eligible for selection by contestants, as well as the community at large. On display through mid-October are the exhibits: “The Museum: Conditions and Spaces,” “The Odyssey: Watercolors by Karen Shea,” “Paradise Lost: Landscape Photographs by Sally Mann” and “Emmet Gowin: Photographs.” Beginning Oct. 23, participants also may choose works from three new exhibits: “Lifelines: Movement and Time in Prints, Drawings and Photographs from the Collection,” “Whiteness: A Wayward Construction” and “Bill Viola: Six Heads.”

Tours of the exhibits will be given through Friday, Nov. 12. In addition, museum docents will hold two informational sessions to answer questions and help spark the creative writing process. The open houses will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.

All entries for the contest are due at the museum by Friday, Nov.19 at 5 p.m. They will be divided into four age categories for judging: Grades 3 through 5, 6 through 8, 9 through 12 and University/Adult. Local writers and teachers from public and private schools will serve as judges for the two younger groups. Ted Genoways, editor of the “Virginia Quarterly Review,” will be the final poetry judge, and Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor in the U.Va. Art History Department and author of numerous publications on Michelangelo, will be the final prose judge.

A reception and awards ceremony featuring readings by the winners and comments by the judges will be held in early February. An anthology of the winning entries and the artwork selected will be published and available for sale in the spring.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call Deryn Goodwin, the museum’s tour coordinator, at (434) 924-7458.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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