Art Tales Writing Contest 

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Art Tales 2020

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Art Tales 2019 Winners Announced 

The City of Ventura is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Annual Art Tales Writing Contest. This creative contest, inspired by works in the Municipal Art Collection received 77 submissions of short fiction and poems from youth, teen, and adult writers. View the images on our website created by Joe Cardella, Robert C. Eyeberg, dm Spaulding, and John Suttman.

Youth Poetry:

  1. E.K. Baer 
  2. Leila A. Martinez 
  3. Baker Carlisle 

Youth Fiction:    

  1. Rylie Hannah 
  2. Julia Cherrie 
  3. Joe Rose

Teen Poetry:  

  1. Macy Li 
  2. Clarissa Lesky 
  3. Sophia Green / Michael Magee

Teen Fiction:  

  1. Katelynn McDonald 
  2. Penelope (Penny) Duran 
  3. Alanna Meyers

Adult Poetry:    

  1. Joe Amaral / Tressa Brittin Berman 
  2. Lucy Diamond 
  3. Christie Johnson

Adult Fiction:

  1. Zoe Murdock 
  2. Rachel Schmidt 
  3. Shirley Ouchi
  1. 2019 Winners Book
  2. Past Winners Book

2019 Art Tales Winners

To read the winners selected in all age categories in 2019, view the Winners Book.

Municipal Art Collection

The Municipal Art Collection, on permanent exhibit in City Hall, continues to be an important attraction for both residents and visitors. Since its inception in 1999, the collection has grown to include 92 works by 71 artists, each of whom have made a significant contribution to the history of visual art in Ventura County - a main criterion of acquisition. The Municipal Art Acquisition Program through its Municipal Art Acquisition Committee, a sub-committee of the Public Art Commission, oversees the purchase of new artworks. The Municipal Art Collection showcases the breadth and diversity of Ventura County’s visual art community through the representation of multiple media, including sculpture, painting, photography, etching, and ceramics. The entire collection may be viewed online. For more information contact Emily Fox at 805-658-4793 or