Immortal Beauty - Haiku Poetry Contest

Shiko Kataoka - Calligraphy Demonstration - November 21, 2012

Look at the artworks
Ponder what they represent
Put pen to paper


Immortal Beauty, an exhibition running from November 22 to January 26, 2013 at the U of A Museums at Enterprise Square, features outstanding artwork from the University of Alberta Art Collection by master calligrapher Shikō Kataoka. Kataoka's work is inspired by poetry, an important artistic tradition in Japanese culture. You have the opportunity to take part in this tradition by writing your own haiku inspired by the exhibition!

Two first-place winners will be selected: one in the 18 and under category and one in the adult category. Each winner will receive the extraordinary prize of having his or her haiku translated into Japanese and painted in calligraphy by Shikō Kataoka. This original artwork will then be yours to keep!

This contest is presented by the University of Alberta Museums in collaboration with the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research. Contest closes at 4pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012. The two winning authors will be contacted no later than Monday, January 7, 2013. We thank all participants, but only winning authors will be notified.

Entry form, contest rules and instructions on how to write a traditional Japanese haiku (PDF).


Want to learn more about the Japanese poetic tradition known as haiku? Watch this video with Dr. Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, discussing examples of traditional and modern haiku.


Date and Time

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Saturday, December 29, 2012
4:00 PM

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums


Free, admission by donation.


University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.