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.
The Toledo Museum of Art hosts an annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, in which we invite visitors to submit an original poem inspired by a work of art in the TMA's collection.
We are now accepting entries for the 2020 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest! If you've been inspired to write about an object in the Museum's collection, we invite you to participate in the TMA's 11th annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest.
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Educators interested in scheduling an Ekphrastic Writing experience for their students can register online: http://www.toledomuseum.org/education/guided-tours/school-tours
Ekphrastic Writing Poetry Contest 2020
Due to COVID-19, digital books were created to celebrate the poetry that would have been presented at the Ekphrastic Writing Awards Ceremony on May 22, 2020. Join us in honoring student artists by viewing and downloading the digital books below.
Please note: Entries may discuss topics that are considered upsetting, disturbing, or offensive by some readers.