The Steamboat Art Museum announces the winners of the ekphrasis writing competition

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Winning poetry writer Marian Tolles with Betse Grassby, Executive Director of the Steamboat Art Museum.
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The Steamboat Art Museum has awarded the 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 from the 31st National Oil Painters of America Exhibition inspired writers, resulting in 32 stories and poems by writers of all ages.

The contest ended on July 21 with the readings and awards ceremony at the Steamboat Art Museum. Prizes were awarded to the winners in three categories: prose for adults, poetry for adults and young people.



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

Poetry for Adults: Marian Tolles won the award for her poem based on Calvin Liang’s “Incoming Tide, Laguna Beach.” An honorable mention was awarded 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 Timothy Reese’s “La Playa del Sol.” An honorable mention went to 11-year-old Tessher Feinberg for her poem based on Cristen Miller’s “Night Approached.”


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