Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners 2014

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Ekphrastic writing is a Greek term for “writing about art.” In TMA’s annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, visitors write original poems inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection. Judges review the entries based on originality, form, language, grammatical skill, and the creative interpretation of ekphrastic writing. Cash and/or and membership prizes are awarded, and the winning poems are displayed next to the works of art that inspired them.

The Museum is pleased to recognize the following winners of the fifth annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. You can read the poems here:

Adult

First Place

Sandra Rivers-Gill of Toledo for her poem “Simplicity,” inspired by Varujan Boghosian’s Three Yellow Objects.

Second Place

Stephen Kapela of Athens, Ohio for his poem “First Day of Dancing Lessons,” inspired by Henri Matisse’s Dancer Resting.

Third Place

Spring Healy of Toledo for her poem “Noontide,” inspired by George Inness’ September Noon.

Honorable Mention

Haley Hoffmeyer of Carleton, Michigan for her poem “Absence,” inspired by Joseph Stella’s Nocturne.

Mark Doss of Toledo for his poem “When Google Doesn’t Know The Answer,” inspired by Josepha Gasch-Muche’s Pyramid.

High School

First Place

Deborah Okeke of Sylvania for her poem “unspoken,” inspired by Sebastiano Ricci’s Christ and the Woman of Samara.

Second Place

Colin Leonard of Sylvania for his poem “The Aphasiac,” inspired by Lesley Dill’s A Mouthful of Words.

Third Place

Caleb Canales of Toledo for his poem “Trapped,” inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse Window.

6th-8th Grade

First Place

Gareth Francis of Ottawa Hills for his poem “Parade,” inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse Window.

Second Place

Emily Rigby of Toledo for her poem “Unsettled,” inspired by Robert Longo’s Untitled Triptych.

Third Place

Claire Kohler of Sylvania for her poem “Layers of Death,” inspired by Fred Wilson’s Iago’s Mirror.

Maddy Vesoulis of Sylvania for her poem “Chin Up,” inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s Homeless Child 3.

Honorable Mention

Lena Hodge of Toledo for her poem “A word is dead when it is said some say,” inspired by Lesley Dill’sA Mouthful of Words.

Emma O’Leary of Toledo for her poem “An Undeniable Presence of Nothing,” inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s Athanor.