About

Words on Canvas is a writing competition at the Harn Museum of Art for college students interested in engaging museumgoers by writing poetry or prose inspired by works of art. All currently enrolled students from the University of Florida or Santa Fe College are eligible to submit. Prizes will be awarded for winning submissions.

 

How to Participate 

Choose your Words on Canvas subject from the selection of works that will be on view at the Harn Museum throughout the competition. 

 

Featured Art Works 

A complete list of 28 works is available to pick up at the Harn on your next visit.

Norman Wilfred Lewis
Untitled (Subway Station), 1945

Bai Ming
Geomancy Stone
(fengshui shi)
, 2008

Kehinde Wiley
Dogon Couple, 2008
 

Armando Morales
Prendimiento
del General
Sandino frente al
"Hormiguero
," 1993

Mende People
Mask (gonde)
20th century

Rules: 

  • ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON
  • Prose submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words and may be fiction or non-fiction.
  • Poetry submissions may be up to 30 lines long and need not be rhyming or metered.
  • Each submission should relate to the art that inspired it and should be appropriate for a broad museum-going audience.
  • You can write in any language, but must provide an accompanying English language translation.

Do not forget to revise your work before submitting.

 

Important Dates:

Sunday, February 24, 2019 – All works must be submitted by 11:59 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – Winning submissions will be announced by email
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Awards showcase will be held at the museum 

 

Writing Tips:  

Give your chosen work a close look: What story lies behind the image? What feelings does the piece awaken in you? What do you see that no one may have seen before? Let the art speak to you, and then let your ideas flow onto the page! Please remember to revise before submitting so that your writing shines. 

Through your writing, Words on Canvas will offer new ways of seeing and reading the Harn’s collections. We’re looking forward to your art-inspired words! For more information, contact wordsoncanvas@harn.ufl.edu.

Select ONE work of art below that your submission is based on.

 

African

Burkina Faso 
Buffalo Mask
n.d.

Kuba People
Male Royal
Ancestor Mask
(Mwashamboy)

1960s

Mende People
Mask (gonde)
20th century

 

Asian

Chul Hyun Ahn
Well 4
2007

Bai Ming
Geomancy Stone
(fengshui shi)​

2008

Yang Yongliang
Viridescence, page 2
2009

Machiko Ogawa
Vessel
2008

Utagawa
Kuniyoshi
Princess Tamatora
Pursued by
a Dragon

n.d.

Kitamura Junko
Vessel
2012

Tomomi Tanaka
Black Flame
2015

 

Contemporary + Photography

El Antsui
Old Man's Cloth
2003

Nick Cave
Arm Peace
2018
 

Armando Morales
Prendimiento del
General Sandino
frente al
"Hormiguero"
 
1989

Douglas Prince
Picture Plane-07
2011

Robert
Rauschenberg
Tibetan Garden
Song

1986

Sebastião Salgado
Descending and ascending ladders,
Serra Pelada, Brazil

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Stewart
Australia, 1996
1996

Xavier Veilhan
Untitled (Man
with Tract)

​1997

Kehinde Wiley
Dogon Couple
2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern

Lamar Baker
Sadist
1937

 Isabel Bishop
Three Men at
Union Square

c. 1930

Herman Herzog
On Alachua Lake
c. 1890

George Grosz
Manhattan
1946

Emil Ganso
Central Park Winter
c. 1926

Norman Wilfred Lewis
Untitled (Subway Station)
1945

 

 

Louis
Comfort Tiffany
Eighteen-Light
Pond Lily Lamp

c. 1902

William Zorach
Hen
c. 1947

Auguste Rodin
Faunesse
debout

 20th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select ONE work of art below that your submission is based on.

 

African

Asian

Contemporary + Photography

Modern

 

Place your writing submission below. It is a plain text form.

Copy and paste your submission from a document into this box. Returns will be captured and lines may be indented using spaces. Tabs will not work. Please add any formatting instructions using square brackets. For instance, you might wish to [start italics]italicize[stop] or [start bold]bold[stop] a word.