30 Years of Writer’s Eye at The Fralin Museum of Art
For 30 years, generations of Central Virginia students and adults have had an opportunity to see and experience art in brand new ways through the Writer’s Eye program. Each fall, The Fralin Museum of Art welcomes more than 4,000 participants ranging from 3rd graders to adults to take part in this annual literary competition that challenges contributors to create original poetry and prose inspired by art in the galleries. “I consider Writer’s Eye to be one of our most important programs,” states Aimee Hunt, Associate Academic Curator. “It serves our dual mission of providing educational opportunities – for the University students and the community simultaneously – by harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of the UVA students to become Museum educators and using their talents to deliver programming to the community.” Hunt and her colleagues are constantly reminded of the program’s unique inspiration. “Just this morning, I went to get our 1987 and 1988 Writer’s Eye books bound at a local copy shop and the person I worked with there, said the program had a special place in his heart because his daughter was one of our winners as a child, and now is interested in creative writing. Many parents tell me that the experience of Writer’s Eye helps their children begin to see themselves as writers.” This fall, Museum visitors got a unique window into the Writer’s Eye experience. Several winning entries were displayed alongside the artworks that inspired them, and anthologies from the past 30 years were available for visitors to read.