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The 2005 Writer’s Eye Competition Begins Sept. 26

September 22, 2005 --

What:               Writer’s Eye Competition

When:               Monday, Sept. 26 – Friday, Nov. 18

Where:              U.Va. Art Museum

The 18th annual Writer’s Eye competition at the University of Virginia Art Museum begins Monday, Sept. 26.

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.

This year’s competition features 21 works on view in the museum’s permanent collection galleries and the special exhibitions “A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts” and “Insistent Absence: The Unacknowledged Influence of Ukiyo-e on Modern Japanese Prints.” Students in grades 4-12, University students and adults are invited to submit original prose and poetry compositions inspired by such works as Thomas Moran’s “Landscape,” Albrecht Dürer’s “The Rhinoceros,” Yoshitoshi’s “Prince Gengi Watching Divers” and Sean Henry’s sculpture “Ben [Ideas Resolved].”

Local writers and teachers serve as judges for grades 3-5 and 6-8.  For the high school and University/adult categories, Sydney Blair is the prose judge and Stephen Margulies is the poetry judge. Blair teaches fiction in U.Va.’s Creative Writing Program and her novel “Buffalo” recently was reprinted by the LSU Press as part of their Voices of the South series. Margulies, a poet and performance artist, is the former curator of works on paper at the museum and continues his affiliation with the museum as a volunteer curator. 

All entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. 

Organized by the docents of the U.Va. Art Museum, under the direction of Marilyn Mars, docent program consultant, this year’s Writer’s Eye is chaired by docents Stephanie Beck & Mia Ritzenberg.

Application forms and regulations, as well as images of the works selected for this year’s competition are available at the museum and on the museum’s website: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum

For more information, contact Marilyn Mars as (434) 243-2050.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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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