ArtWords Contest


ArtWords is an annual writing competition in which students select a piece of art on display from the Weisman Art Museum's permanent collection, and create an original piece of prose or poetry in response to it.

This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Selected authors are awarded prizes, published online, and given the opportunity to present their work in the galleries of the museum. 

Undergraduate winning writers of ArtWords are published in The Tower.

ArtWords is held in collaboration with the English Department's Creative Writing Program. A panel including Creative Writing faculty, Weisman Art Museum staff, and editors of The Tower select winning entries. 

This year's Undergraduate winners (with a tie for third place) are:

First Place: "Corners and Points: The point is that this is not a loveless town. The corner is, the love is hard to digest, like gallstones." by Ciara Cagemoe; inspired by Lyonel Feininger's Dröbsdorf 1

Second Place: "For All the Women I Love and the Men That Did Not Love Them" by Gabriella Granada; inspired by Beth Lipman's One Portrait of One Man

Third Place: "BLUE" by Julianne Pekala; inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle's Dawn

Third Place: "The Formation of Our Flying Casts a Shadow Down Below" by Cheryl Willis; inspired by Charles Biederman's #4 Diaz


This year's Graduate winners are:

First Place: "Texture" by Purvai Aranya; inspired by Alan Shepp's Self-Portrait

Second Place: "Firearm Season" by Kathryn Savage; inspired by Ricard Barlow's Pixelated Bromide

Third Place: "East Bank" by Brooke White; inspired by Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish