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Writer's Eye

Writer's Eye student writing in a notebook

Congratulations to the Writer's Eye 2020 award winners!

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 “tours” were conducted by Zoom all through the fall—117 conversations with school groups from 30 schools—and we received nearly 600 entries. Entries were judged by distinguished writers from central Virginia, including Lauren K. Alleyne and Caroline Preston. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning entries are published in the annual Writer's Eye anthology.

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.


Temporary Museum Closure

The museum will remain closed for pre-planned building maintenance including a new roof and HVAC system. We will reopen with an entirely reinstalled museum for the fall semester.