Art Tales Writing Contest 


Art Tales Writing Contest Inspired by Art 2019

The City of Ventura is pleased to sponsor this 11th annual creative contest open to writers of all ages worldwide. We invite you to take a walk through Ventura City Hall, located at 501 Poli St., and enjoy the Municipal Art Collection. You will find the four pieces chosen for this year’s contest housed on the second floor. 

2019 Theme

“Objects of Curious Happenstance”

We may not consider it, or even think twice, but do you wonder sometimes…

What is the story of that thing? What is it? Where has it been? Who made it? What did the artist intend it to be? Who else has happened upon it? What did they think of it?

This year’s Art Tales inspires curiosity of whimsical things. I challenge you to create a story or poem that explains the curiosity!

-Tobie Roach, Public Art Project Manager

Art Tales 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. you may view the images  here on our website created by Joe Cardella, Robert C. Eyeberg, dm Spaulding, and John Suttman.  

Youth Poetry:

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

Youth Fiction:   

1st Rylie Hannah      2nd Julia Cherrie      3rd Joe Rose

Teen Poetry:  

1st Macy Li      2nd Clarissa Lesky      3rd TIE Sophia Green / Michael Magee

Teen Fiction:  

1st Katelynn McDonald      2nd Penelope (Penny) Duran      3rd Alanna Meyers

 Adult Poetry:   

1st TIE Joe Amaral / Tressa Brittin Berman      2nd Lucy Diamond      3rd Christie Johnson

 Adult Fiction: 

 1st Zoe Murdock      2nd Rachel Schmidt      3rd 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