ARTlines Poetry Competition
Ekphrastic poetry may include literal description of a work of art, personal memories, or metaphorical associations inspired by art, or the poet´s mood at that place and time.
The ARTlines ekphrastic poetry competition, cosponsored by the MFAH and Public Poetry in the fall of 2011, invited submissions about nine works of art selected by curatorial staff to represent the museum's major collection areas.
ARTlines submissions were reviewed by a distinguished jury including David M. Parsons, the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate; Jan Seale, the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate; Paul Ruffin, the 2009 Texas Poet Laureate; Carmen Tafolla, the Inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio; and poet Van G. Garrett.
During National Poetry Month in April 2012, the ARTlines winners and jurors read their poems at the MFAH, with audio from two invited poets: Barbara Crooker and Pattiann Rogers.
ARTlines Collected Poems: Cell-Phone Tour + Printed Booklet
Poems by the ARTlines winners, honorable mentions, jurors, and invited poets are still available through the museum's cell-phone tour program, and in a booklet. To see a printed-and-bound copy of the booklet, stop by the Kinder Foundation Education Center on the lower level of the Law Building. Both resources are also available as downloadable PDFs:
Writers Workshops at the MFAH
Ekphrasis—literally "to speak out"—is a genre of writing about art in any form: poetry or prose, critical or creative.
The MFAH works with Van G. Garrett, a Houston-based literary artist, to develop workshops that relate to different aspects of the museum’s art collections and exhibitions.