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Armorial Hanging

2023 National Poetry Month Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Mar 10, 12:00 PM–6:00 PM


Poetry month is just around the corner! We partnered with local poets and other art institutions to invite you to draw inspiration from artworks. Submit a poem written in response to Armorial Hanging, from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.

What is an Ekphrastic Poem? An ekphrastic poem is based on a piece of art. These poems take an existing piece of visual art, and use written words to describe and expand on the theme of that work of art. Many of these poems explore hidden meanings or an underlying story.

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Guidelines- Submissions are OPEN NOW!
Submit a poem written in response to Armorial Hanging from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Deadline for Submissions: March 10, 2023

What to Submit: Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines including spaces, plus title) written in response to the posted images. Poets should not simply describe the image they see; they should also share how the image affects them (puzzling, touching, frightening, enlightening, etc.).

How To Submit: In an email to include:
- your name, and for Youth poets, your age
- city/state
- phone and email
- and attach one poem per email in a Microsoft Word doc or pdf. No name / identifying info should be on the poem. Each poem must be sent in a separate email; the email subject line should read: Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Submission (indicate Adult or Youth) – (Title of Artwork).

The Judging: Up to 3 winning poems per artwork will be selected by the judges and shared throughout April, National Poetry Month. Only winners will be notified by email no later than March 23, 2023. Only Adult & Youth Poets from San Antonio & South Texas are eligible.


The Briscoe Western Art Museum: Jerry Jordan, LISTEN TO THE DRUMS, 2013, Oil on Canvas.

The McNay Art Museum: vanessa german, BLACK GIRL WITH SNAKES, 2020, Assemblage.

Ruby City: Isaac Julien, DREAMING RED, 2009, Light Box, 48 x 50 x 5 in. edition 1/10  



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Armorial Hanging
Date:ca. 1771
Period: Viceroyalty of New Spain
Place made: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
General region: North and Central America
Medium: Cotton and wool embroidery on linen ground, natural dyes
height: 93 1/8 in. (236.5 cm)
width: 90 1/2 in. (229.9 cm)
Credit Line: San Antonio Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by the Lillie and Roy Cullen Endowment
Object number:2011.14

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