TERRE HAUTE -- There is still time for poets and aspiring poets to send in submissions for the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.
The program, sponsored by Art Spaces, Inc. -- Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and the Swope Art Museum is open to individuals and students living, working or attending school in the following six Indiana counties: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.
Cash prizes will be awarded. The postmark deadline for submission is Feb. 25.
Works will be accepted in three categories, including poetry inspired by a work of art; poetry inspired by nature; and poetry inspired by city life or an urban environment. Up to two poems per contestant will be accepted. The contest will be judged by three Indiana poets.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, to foster an interdisciplinary connection between art forms, and to honor Max Ehrmann, a treasured regional poet whose works were inspired by a love for his own community, its natural surroundings and the people in it.
A life-size bronze sculpture of this nationally renowned writer, by artist Bill Wolfe, was recently installed in Terre Haute as part of the Art Spaces collection. It is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue, along the Arts Corridor and Historic National Road, United States 40.
Completed forms and poems should be mailed to: Art Spaces, Inc., 100 S. Campus Dr., PO Box 3799, Terre Haute, Ind., 47803-0799.
Winning entries will be exhibited at the Swope Art Museum and the Vigo County Public Library in April. Public readings of winning works as well as works by the judges will take place during April at various locations to be announced at a later time.
The exhibit is sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with added support from Arts Illiana, Barns and Noble, Big Picture, Book Nation, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Glidden Furniture, The Golden Frame, Hilton Garden Inn, ISU Center for Community Engagement, ISU Creative Writing Program, Market Bella Rossa, Riddell National Bank, River Wools, St. Mary's Language and Literature Department, Terre Haute Tribune-Star, Vigo County Education Foundation and the Vigo County Historical Society.