Literary Programs

ARTlines Poetry Competition

ARTlines2 is a juried ekphrastic poetry competition. Ekphrastic poetry may include literal description of a work of art, personal memories, or metaphorical associations inspired by art, or by the poet's mood in response to the work of art.

To enter the ARTlines2 competition, writers are invited to submit original poems from September 8 to November 30, 2014, inspired by five selected works of art on view at the MFAH, each representing a major collection area. Distinguished judges determine the winning poems.

Submissions may be made in one of two age categories:

  • Adult (ages 20+)
  • Teen (ages 13–19)

There is an entry fee for adult submissions, but teen submissions are free. Great prizes, too!

Information about and images of the five works of art
Guidelines and information about the judges and prizes

On April 23, 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, a free public program at the Museum features ARTlines2 winners in both age categories, as well as comments about each work of art by an art historian.

Good luck!


Community Partner: Public Poetry

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.