The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College

The Helen Owen Calvert Writing Competition

The intent of the award is to recognize excellence in writing that responds to or interprets works of art in the Maier collection. Each year, the department of art, the department of English, and the Maier Museum of Art invite all Randolph College students to submit creative or academic writing inspired by one or more artworks in the Randolph College collection.

The award was established in memory of Helen Owen Calvert, by her family. Mrs. Calvert was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the mother of one of the Maier Museum’s former curators of education, Doni Guggenheimer.



How to Submit

Email as an attachment to with the following in the email:

2022-2023 Acadmic Year Submission Deadline: March 28, 2023!

Questions? Contact Curator of Education, Laura McManus
(434) 947-8136, ext. 5

Past Recipients

2022Grant Wood, March, 1939, lithograph on paper, Collection of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

Spotlight Tour Script: Grant Wood’s March
by Emilie Bryant



No award granted in 2021.

No award granted in 2020.

2019Thomas Hart Benton, Running Horses, 1955.

Freedom: The Price of Advancement
by Victoria Harris



No award granted in 2018.


J. H. Witt, Untitled (Figures in Landscape), N.D. Oil on Gray-Board. 14 ¼ x 20 ¼ in.


Untitled (Figures in a Landscape): Influenced by Impressionism
by Melissa Vandiver ’19



Launching the Boat


by Hannah Edwards ’16



Andrew Wyeth, Burning Off


by Katy Boyer ’16



Kukuli Velarde, Letter to My Father, 2005, acrylic on steel.


Your Suicide Note
by Grace Gardiner ’15



Peto, Violin, Fan, Books


The Memorial
by Jordan Long ’16