Contact Fritz Ascher Society: Rachel Stern
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February 10, 2020

University of Richmond Museums Presents
a Competition in Prose, Poetry or Images on Paper for High School Students

The University of Richmond Museums presents Otherness: A Competition in Prose, Poetry or Images on Paper, specifically for high school students and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist, currently on view at the Harnett Museum of Art.

The exhibition is the first retrospective of German artist Fritz Ascher (1893-1970), comprising seventy paintings and works on paper, ranging from early academic studies and figural compositions to the artist’s late colorful, mystical landscapes.

The Fritz Ascher Society invites high school students to submit an essay of up to 500 words, a poem of up to two pages in length, or an artwork on paper (drawing, watercolor, gouache, or collage) that reflects on the theme of “otherness.” Fritz Ascher’s art and/or life will be inspiration for the submission. The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes and will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and reception on Monday, May 4, 2020, 6 p.m., at the Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond. The winning entries will be exhibited for the program.

The jurors for the competition are Ori Z. Soltes and Rachel Stern, Fritz Ascher Society, and Richard Waller, Executive Director, University of Richmond Museums.

The exhibition and programs are made possible in part with funds from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund, Allianz Partners, Goethe Institut, and the Fritz Ascher Society.

Send submissions to:
The Fritz Ascher Society
Attention: Rachel Stern
121 Bennett Avenue, Suite 12A
New York, New York 10033

For questions and text submissions:

The University Museums offer free tours for high school classes interested in visiting the exhibition.
To book a tour, contact Martha Wright at or call 804-287-1258.


Note: Images for press are available by contacting Heather Campbell, 804-287-6324 or

University of Richmond Museums comprises the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Admission to all museums is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 804-289-8276 for directions, hours of operation, and additional information about exhibitions and programs.

General Information
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond
453 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Tel: 804-289-8276

Sunday through Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm (1/16-5/1)
Closed Saturdays, Spring Break (3/7-15) and Easter Weekend (4/11-12).
Summer hours (5/2-24): Tuesday through Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm