Steamboat Art Museum announces winners of ekphrasis writing competition

Winning Poetry writer Marian Tolles with Betse Grassby, Steamboat Art Museum executive director.
Trey Mullen/Courtesy photo

The Steamboat Art Museum awarded winners following the fourth annual ekphrasis visual writing event. Ekphrasis has Greek roots and is a literary description of a work of art.

In 2022, more than 230 paintings in the Oil Painters of America 31st National Exhibition provided inspiration to writers, resulting in 32 stories and poems from writers of all ages.

The competition concluded July 21 with the readings and awards celebration at the Steamboat Art Museum. Awards were presented to winners in three categories: adult prose, adult poetry and youth entries.

Adult prose: Kathi Guler won for her story based on the painting “Untamed” by Johne Richardson. An honorable mention went to Dagny McKinley for her story based on “After the Storm” by Nancy Howe.

Adult poetry: Marian Tolles won for her poem based on “Incoming Tide, Laguna Beach” by Calvin Liang. An honorable mention went to Wendy Lind for her poem based on “Kind of the Wild Things” by Ana Rose Bain.

Youth: Layla Baker, 14, won for her story based on “La Playa del Sol” by Timothy Reese. An honorable mention was given to Tessher Feinberg, 11, for his poem based on “Night Approached” by Cristen Miller.

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