Words on Canvas - 2020

Words on Canvas

2020 Spring Writing Competition Winners

We invite you to listen to poems and stories inspired by art and written by students at University of Florida and Santa Fe College for Words on Canvas.

The Words on Canvas writing competition takes place each spring, and is open to all UF and Santa Fe College students with a passion for art and writing.

Read and listen to their stories here, and download the entire booklet from our website at harn.ufl.edu/wordsoncanvas

  • Joshua Evangelista (UF English & Theatre), “Of Old Man’s Cloth” - 1st Place 
  • Angelina Bonilla (SFC Microbiology), “Death in B Flat” - 2nd Place
  • Valentina Sarmiento (SFC Journalism), “The Ballad of Orange Julius” - 3rd Place
  • Hannah Lazar (UF English), “Black and White” - Honorable Mention
  • Brianna Steidle (UF Psychology), “Half-Cubism” - Honorable Mention
  • Christine Taylor (UF English), “Times Square, 1979” - Honorable Mention

Click here to read the winning submissions.

“Of Old Man’s Cloth” by Joshua Evangelista

Inspired by: El Anatsui. Old Man’s Cloth, 2003

“Death in B Flat” by Angelina Bonilla

Inspired by: Imai Oshin. Skeleton. Circa 1920-1930

(read by Katy Harris, Harn Museum)

“The Ballad of Orange Julius” by Valentina Sarmiento

Inspired by: Noel Mahaffey. Night-Times Square, 1979

(read by Paige Willis, Harn Museum)

“Black and White” by Hannah Lazar

Inspired by: André Kertész. Washington Square Park (child on swing, 04-04-70, #20A), 1970

(read by Hannah Lazar)

“Half-Cubism” by Brianna Steidle

Inspired by: Bertram Hartman. City Blocks, c. 1929

(read by Lauren Keiser, Harn Museum)

“Times Square, 1979” by Christine Taylor

Inspired by: Noel Mahaffey. Night-Times Square, 1979

(read by Christine Taylor)

Words on Canvas 2020 was coordinated by Errol Nelson, the Harn Museum Campus Engagement Intern.

We gratefully acknowledge the UF faculty members who graciously served as judges this year

  • Derek Burdette, Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Delia Steverson, Assistant Professor of English 
  • Phillip Wegner, Professor of English and Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar

Image Credits:

El Anatsui

Old Man’s Cloth, 2003

Aluminum and copper wire

16 ft. x 17 ft. 1 in. (487.7 x 520.7 cm)

Museum purchase with funds from friends of the Harn Museum


Bertram Hartman

City Blocks, c. 1929

Oil on board

48 x 30 1/8 in. (121.9 x 76.5 cm)

Gift of William H. and Eloise R. Chandler


André Kertész

Washington Square Park (child on swing, 04-04-70, #20A), 1970

Gelatin silver print; double weight air dried, glossy

Image: 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)

Gift of Lori and Kenneth Polin Family


Noel Mahaffey

Night-Times Square, 1979


17 1/2 x 15 in. (44.5 x 38.1 cm)

Gift of Leonard Velick


Imai Oshin


Japanese, Taisho and Showa, Late Taisho - early Showa era, circa 1920-1930

Burl wood

11 x 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (27.9 x 18.4 x 11.7 cm)

Museum purchase, funds provided by the Robert H. and Kathleen M. Axline Acquisition Endowment