Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

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An Original Poetry Competition

Ekphrastic writing, or writing about art, was created by the Greeks but popularized by the Romans. The goal of ekphrasis was to make the reader or listener envision a work of art as if it were physically present. Looking at art and describing art is central to being visually literate in our image-saturated world.

TMA’s annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest invites you to submit an original poem inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. Entries for the 2018 competition will be accepted through March 30, 2018.

Educators interested in scheduling an Ekphrastic Writing experience for their students can register online: toledomuseum.org/visit/tours/school-tours

Call for Student Entries

Call for Adult Entries