Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners Selected

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The winners of the 2015 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest at the Toledo Museum of Art have been selected.

Winning writers will receive their awards and share their work during a ceremony at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Museum’s GlasSalon. A reception will follow at 8 p.m.

Ekphrasis – literary writing about art – has been the theme of the Toledo Museum of Art’s poetry contest since its start in 2009. Entrants are asked to embark on a docent-led tour of the Museum’s collection, then submit a poem inspired by a work of art they have seen. Poetry is judged based on originality, form, language, grammatical skill and the creativity of the interpretation.

Judges reviewed 171 entries to select winners in adult, high school and middle school categories. Among the judges on this year’s panel was Joel Lipman, professor emeritus in the department of English at the University of Toledo who has taught ekphrastic writing at the Museum.

The winning poems will be posted online at toledomuseum.org starting May 4. This year’s winners, by category, are as follows:

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Claude Monet’s Antibes Seen from La Salis

First Place

Julie E. Bloemeke of Alphraretta, Georgia, for her poem “Seventeen Years Later I Revisit Claude Monet’s ‘Antibes Seen from la Salis,’” inspired by Claude Monet’s Antibes Seen from La Salis.

Second Place

Kerry Trautman of Findlay for her poem “Junk,” inspired by Joel Sternfeld’s Yard Sale, Fremont, CA, 1983.

Third Place

Matthew Kizaur of Toledo for his poem “Sentimentalist,” inspired by Jack B. Yeats’ Another Chance.

Honorable Mention

Mary Beth McConnell of Swanton for her poem “Portent in Tesserae,” inspired by Giacomo Raffaelli’s Micromosaic Box with Monkey.

Kristen La Follette-Samson of Toledo for her poem “Pharmaceuticals,” inspired by Mark Rothko’s Untitled (1960).

John T. Adams of Toledo for his poem “24,” inspired by Louise Nevelson’s Sky Presence I.

Kayla Emery of Oregon for her poem “Allegro,” inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Woman with a Crow.

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Lesley Dill’s A Mouthful of Words

First Place (tie)

Erin Williams of Toledo for her poem “Concealed Weapons,” inspired by Lesley Dill’s A Mouthful of Words.

Carson Bullock of Toledo for his poem “My Eyes,” inspired by Paul Cadmus’s Jerry.

Second Place

Reagan Shull of Toledo for her poem “No Light,” inspired by Robert Serra’s Bo Diddley.

Third Place

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Paul Cadmus’s Jerry

Allena Rose of Toledo for her poem “The Birds,” inspired by Petah Coyne’s Untitled #1176 (Elisabeth–Elizabeth).

Honorable Mention

Amelia Buchele of Toledo for her poem “Perfection,” inspired by Edgar Degas’ The Dancers.

Emily Westphal of Sylvania for her poem “De Prijs,” inspired by Wilder M. Darling’s Head of a Dutch Peasant.

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Romuald Hazoume’s Made in Porta Nova

First Place

Henry Thomas of Toledo for his poem “Hornicopia,” inspired by Romuald Hazoume’s Made in Porta Nova.

Second Place

Megan Vesoulis of Sylvania for her poem “Technicolor Plague,” inspired by Morris Louis’s Dalet Tet.

Third Place

Emma Morgenstern of Toledo for her poem “Nirvana,” inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s The Campo Santo, Venice, 1842.

Honorable Mention

Claire Hoyt of Perrysburg for her poem “Monet’s Water Lily Garden,” inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

Nicholas Rowe of Toledo for his poem “Flexible World,” inspired by Frank Stella’s La penna di hu.

Jenna Foos of Perrysburg for her poem “Beautiful Day,” inspired by Albert Bierstadt’s El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California.

Gabriella Ravas of Perrysburg for her poem “A Season of Bounty,” inspired by Joos de Momper the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder’s A Summer Landscape with Harvesters.


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