The winners of the 2018 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest at the Toledo Museum of Art have been selected and were recognized at an awards ceremony on May 11, 2018 in the GlasSalon.
The winning poems will be posted in a mobile guide on TMApp, which can be downloaded for free on android and apple devices.
Ekphrasis – literary writing about art – has been the theme of the Museum’s poetry contest since its start in 2009. Entrants are asked to embark on a docent-led tour of the Museum’s collection or explore the galleries on their own, 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 over 250 entries to select winners in adult, high school and middle school categories. Among the judges on this year’s panel was Joel Lipman, former Lucas County poet laureate, who has taught ekphrastic writing at the Museum as well as Sandra Rivers-Gill an award-winning poet and local educator Luke Fannin.
Justin Longacre (English) took first place. Mark Allred (English) took second place. Lydia Horvath (Visual Arts) took 3rd place.