About ARTlines

~ ekphrastic poetry: poetry inspired by art ~

What a fabulous event at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston! Many thanks to the Society of the Fifth Cave, and to Poets & Writers for their generous support of this program.

Please visit the museum’s web site for free downloads of the poems by the winners, honorable mentions, jurors and invited poets.  An audio /gallery guide is also available from the MFAH site as a free download.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the downloads.

By dialing 713-481-2813, you can listen to recordings of  these poets. Wait for the prompt and enter the three-digit code followed by the # sign.

ARTlines Winners: 918# Jeannie Gambill, 920# John Gorman, 924# Lisa L. Moore, 917# Adamarie Fuller, #935 Anne McCrady, 922# William Marabella (in Spanish), 923# William Marabella (in English), 915# Kelly Ann Ellis, 926# Lorena Parker Matejowsky, 916#Kelly Ann Ellis
ARTlines Honorable Mention: 910# Tia Black, 925# Carol Louise Munn, 934# David Ray Vance, 921# Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, 912# Elzy Cogswell, 928# Donna Pauley, 930# Jacquelyn Reppond, 913# Elzy Cogswell
ARTlines Jurors and Invited poets: 932# Jan Seale, 933#Carmen Tafolla, 929# Pattiann Rogers, 914# Barbara Crooker, 927# David M. Parsons, 931# Paul Ruffin, 919# Van G. Garrett

ARTlines is a juried competition organized by Public Poetry in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Nine works of art were selected by the MFAH curatorial staff, and the competition invited poets to submit original poems inspired by these artworks.

The winning poems were showcased at an event at 3:00 PM in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Saturday, April 21, 2012, and are also  featured in audio recordings, print and electronic media.

ARTlines Ekphrastic Poetry Competition   

Images above details of:
top left: Olmec, Hand Shaped Pendant, 1500—300 B.C., jade, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
top center: John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears (Sarah Choate Sears), 1899, oil on canvas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of George R. Brown in honor of his wife, Alice Pratt Brown.
top right: Subodh Gupta, Untitled, 2008, stainless steel, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Asian Art, 2011.546. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth (London, England, UK).
middle left: Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Allegory of Europe, 1722, oil on canvas, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.
middle center: Unknown maker (Italian or American), Mirror (one of a pair), early 19th century, red pine, paint, and gilding, The Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III.
middle right: Mangbetu, Anthropomorphic Harp, early 20th century, wood, hide, sinew, and string, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Frank Nelson Carroll, Jr., in memory of his parents, Frank Nelson and Eleanor West Carroll.
bottom center: Gustave Courbet, The Gust of Wind, c. 1865, oil on canvas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Caroline Wiess Law.