Steamboat Art Museum

Past The Painted Words Winners 

(Formerly known as Ekphrasis* – in honor of Susan deWardt)

*The word ekphrasis comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic.  It is a vivid often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.


Ekphrasis* 2022 Winners

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Ekphrasis* 2021 Winners


Mandy Miller – “An Homage to Mallory"

Painting: Old Kani Near Phurbe, Tsum Valley, Nepal" by Ralph Oberg


Rodolfo Abresinos – “Here”

Painting: “Generations" by Matt Smith


Barbara Sparks

Painting: “Descendant of a Giant" by Matt Smith


Blake Barclay – “The Montana Mountain’s Chill"

Painting: “Morning in Montana" by Ralph Oberg


Emma Haubert 

Painting: “Moonlight at Eleven Six" by Dan Young


Ethan Summers

Painting: “Just Up the Road" by Dan Young


Ivy Ladrow

Painting: “The High Life" by Ralph Oberg

Ekphrasis* 2020 Winners

Winner: Kathleen Guler  “Time Shudders”

Quilt: “Passage at Knowth” by Denise Labadie

Honorable Mention

Dagny McKinley:  “Sunshine and Shadows”

Quilt: Antique Log Cabin Quilt circa 1930

Honorable Mention

Harriet Freiberger:  “Needle, Thread and Human Hands”

Quilt: Created by Helen Sherrod, circa 1950

Youth Winner: Layla Baker

Quilt:  “Marmalade’s First Snow” by David Taylor

Ekphrasis* 2019 Winners

Winner: Dagny McKinley

Artwork: “Pawtrait of a Black Bear” scratchboard  11” x 14”

Artist: Ginger Gehres

Honorable Mention: John Grassby

Artwork: “Long Gone”  oil  18” x 30”

Artist: Ann Larson

Honorable Mention: Barbara Sparks

Artwork: “Into the Silver Lining”  oil  24” x 24”

Artist: Kami Mendlik

Youth Winner: Sloan Speer

Artwork: “Little Girl with a Big Guitar

Artist: Sharon Pomales Tousey   Pastel  18” x 24”

Ekphrasis* 2018 Winners

1st place: Kathleen Guler “The Last Light”
Painting: “Out of the Rain”
Artist: Michele Kondos

Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Paquette “Bison Eyes”
Painting: Resilience
Artist: Cindy Baron OPA

Nancie McCormish “Flickers”
Painting: Last One Up
Artist: Lyn Boyer

Youth Winner: Carsen Gerstell
Painting: Preparation
Artist: Andrea Clague


The Steamboat Art Museum congratulates the winners of
The Painted Words! An Ekphrasis Event, 2018.

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*Ekphrasis (a word relatively new to dictionaries) is the use of words to comment on a piece of visual art. One of the earliest and most commonly 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.