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Writer's Eye 2016

Now in it’s 30th year, Writer’s Eye, started by The Fralin’s docents in 1986, is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages.

Writers from 3rd grade through adults use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. 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. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring, and first-, second-, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer's Eye anthology.


Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. This year’s Distinguished Judges include authors Lisa Russ Spaar and Christopher Tilghman. Lisa Russ Spaar, the Distinguished Judge for Poetry, is the author/editor of over ten books of poetry and criticism, including the Monticello in Mind: 50 Contemporary Poems on Jefferson. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Christopher Tilghman, the Distinguished Judge for Prose, is the author of two short story collections, In a Father’s Place, and The Way People Run, and the novels, Mason’s Retreat and Roads of the Heart. His reviews and essays have appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Learn more about this year’s judges here.


Art selections for Writer’s Eye 2016 were drawn from four exhibitions: Andy Warhol: Icons, THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I from the VMFA, A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne, and New Acquisitions: Photography, as well as from the Museum’s permanent collections.

Writer’s Eye tours have ended for 2016. We look forward to updating you on our plans for 2017!


Writer's Eye 2016

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of Writer’s Eye 2016, the 30th anniversary of the Museum’s annual literary competition challenging writers of all ages to create original works of poetry and prose inspired by art. Writer’s Eye was the brainchild of Carole Armstrong and Valerie Morris—two of the Museum’s docents who launched the program in 1986—and has become a mainstay of the local school curriculum, as well as the University community. The program’s success relies on support by several annual donors, as well as the efforts of nearly 100 University student and community docents, who volunteer to lead twelve weeks of tours to introduce students to artwork selected for the competition.

WE 2016 award winners >