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The Fralin is now open with an entirely reinstalled museum. Admission is free. Click here for hours. Please note, per UVA guidelines, masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Writer's Eye

Writer's Eye student writing in a notebook

Writer's Eye 2021

Now in its 35th year, Writer’s Eye challenges writers of all ages to use visual art in The Fralin as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. This annual ekphrastic writing program—introduced by docents Carole Armstrong and Valerie Morris in 1986—has become the museum’s flagship educational offering. This year we are offering both virtual and in-person docent-led tours from September 13 – November 5, as well as online resources about the art selections.

WE 2021 Key Dates & Information

WE 2021 Competition Guidelines

WE 2021 Tour Booking Form

WE 2021 Art Selections >

WE21 Hi-res Collection Works >

WE21 Hi-res Loaned Works

WE21 PowerPoint Presentation >

WE 2021 Self-Guide

WE 2021 Entry Form


Writer's Eye 2020

WE 2020 award winners >

Writer's Eye 2019

WE 2019 award winners >

Writer's Eye 2018

WE 2018 award winners >

Writer's Eye 2017

WE 2017 award winners >


This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

Museum hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm 
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm 
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.