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While the museum is closed, we are getting creative with ways to bring the museum to you! Visit our Fralin from Home tab and check back often for new online programs, videos, activity booklets, and more!

Writer's Eye

Writer's Eye tour

Writer's Eye 2020

Now in its 34th year, Writer’s Eye is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Each year we select several works of art for Writer’s Eye, and interactive tours of the art selections are offered from September through November. Due to pre-planned building work carried out by the University this fall, Writer’s Eye will be conducted through virtual programming in several formats, including virtual tours, in-depth conversations, video gallery talks, and hands-on artmaking. Entries are judged by distinguished writers from central Virginia, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning entries are published in the annual Writer's Eye anthology. 

Virtual tours: September 8 – November 13

Q&A for Teachers: Tuesday, September 22, 5–5:45 pm
Submissions due online: November 18
Winners announced: January 2121

WE 2020 Tour Booking Form >
WE20 Key Dates & Information >
WE20 Competition Guidelines >
WE20 Art Selections >
WE20 Permanent Collection High Resolution Images > 
WE20 Community Artwork High Resolution Images >
WE20 Self-Guide > 

Writer's Eye Spotlight Tours

View these five-minute docent-led talks about Writer’s Eye selections on The Fralin’s YouTube channel! Each video includes visual analysis and information about the artist.

Click here for the full playlist.


Writer's Eye 2019

WE 2019 award winners >

Writer's Eye 2018

WE 2018 award winners >

Writer's Eye 2017

WE 2017 award winners >


Temporary Museum Closure

The museum will remain closed for pre-planned building maintenance including a new roof and HVAC system. We will reopen in the spring semester.