The Writers Eye competition fuses the
creative spirit of artists and writers.
Charlottesville area residents who view a
group of selected art works at the Bayly
Art Museum are invited to write an
original poem or short story in response
to one of the pieces. The competition
uniting the verbal with the visual
encourages writers to think about and to
view the works of art in the museums
collection in an altogether fresh way.
The 14th annual Writers Eye
competition, organized by the Museum
docents, begins September 25, 2000,
with tours for area students and adults. By
November 10 (last day to view
selections is November 5), when entries
must be received, it is anticipated that over
1,000 individuals representing the four
categories of competition - elementary,
middle, high school, and university/adult -
are expected to view a selection of art
chosen to stimulate original and creative
prose and poetry.
This years art selections are taken
primarily from the Charlottesville
Collects Exhibition. On loan from area
collections, this exhibition features works
in a variety of media and time periods.
We are honored to have Jerome
McGann, the John Stewart Bryan
English Professor at the University of
Virginia, judging the high school and
university/adult poetry entries. He is the
author and editor of a large number of
scholarly books and poetry.
We are extremely pleased to have as our
prose judge for these categories the local
novelist and writer Karl Ackerman. His
latest novel, Dear Will, was released in
April. Mr. Ackerman was previously our
1996 prose judge.