Steamboat Art Museum

Susan deWardt

Steamboat Art Museum Presents Ekphrasis* 2022: A Visual Writing Event in honor of Susan deWardt


Steamboat Art Museum with support from Steamboat Magazine and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, invites all writers to participate in the 2022 ekphrastic writing event.

*Ekphrasis is the use of words to comment on a piece of visual art. One of the earliest cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, where Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles.

  • STEP 1: Take a leisurely stroll through the Steamboat Art Museum (admission is free) OR View paintings online at  Be inspired by the exceptional exhibition Oil Painters of America 31st National Exhibition of Traditional Oils.  Over two hundred paintings in the widest variety of subjects provide a feast for the imagination.
  • STEP 2: Choose a painting that “speaks to you”. Write a story or description, poetry or prose, not to exceed 750 words.

  • STEP 3: Submit your work with the application form online to Steamboat Art Museum by July 1, 2022, 5:00pm
  • STEP4: July 21, 2022, 5:30 PM Celebrate your creativity at the Awards and Readings Reception at SAM. Enjoy selected readings by our community’s Celebrity Readers. Awards will be given in adult and youth categories.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives from Off the Beaten Path and Ski Time Media


  • Only One entry per person
  • Entries are open – Submit Below
  • Submit entries as a .doc file.  NOT A PDF.
  • Please include in your document, the TITLE & ARTIST NAME of the piece that inspired your writing. 
  • Submission deadline: July 1, 2022 5:00 p.m.
  • Entry fee: Free for SAM members and youth (18 and under), $15 for non-members. Entry fee includes admission to the awards reception.  Awards and Readings Reception July 21, 2022, 5:30 PM at SAM

Registration Form

To register for Ekphrasis* 2022, please fill out the form below. Once the form is submitted you will be redirected to the payment page which will allow you to submit payment using credit card, drop off or mail.
  • Please remember to include the name of the Painting and artist IN your document!
  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE TYPED and submitted as a WORD DOC.
  • ONLY ENTRIES SUBMITTED ONLINE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ANTHOLOGY. (The document may be re-formatted for Ekphrasis 2022 Anthology.)
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Betse at 970-870-1755, ext. 100 or email
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