ArtWords is an annual writing competition for students of the University of Minnesota. Students select a piece of art on display from the Weisman Art Museum’s permanent collection and create an original piece of prose or poetry in response to it. This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Selected authors are awarded prizes, published online, and given the opportunity to present their work in the galleries of the museum.
Undergraduate winning writers of ArtWords are published in Ivory Tower.
ArtWords is held in collaboration with the English Department's Creative Writing Program. A jury including Creative Writing faculty, Weisman Art Museum staff, and staff members of Ivory Tower select winning entries.