Tennessee Williams Key West
513 Truman Ave. near Duval St.
Key West, FL 33040
Open Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 12 until 5 p.m.
Phone: 305-842-1666
Admission: Free - Donations Accepted
Not-for-Profit Organization
Contact: Dennis Beaver, Producer

Tennessee Williams


March 26 -- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A reception honoring the 104th birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West will be held at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave. (near Duval St.). on Thursday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. An exhibit of the paintings done during the Artists' Challenge will be on display and the three winners will be announced. The writers of the three winning poems from the Poetry Contest will be announced and they will read their poems. There will be a birthday cake, wine and other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $10 will be appreciated.

Artists' Challenge - March 21; Registration Deadline, 3/17

On Saturday, March 21, Artists are invited to do a painting of the Rose Williams House, bought by Tennessee Williams for his sister Rose in 1979. The house is located at 915 Von Phister Street and is now the home of Kenny Weschler. Following the Williams' pattern of completing a painting in a few hours, the artists will begin painting at 9 a.m. and complete their work by 12 noon. A 12" x 16" hard canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival at the site and collected at noon. Any medium will be accepted and artists must supply their on materials. Pre-registration and payment of a $20 fee must be postmarked and mailed by March 17 to the address given on the registration form. (click here) Dr. Cori Convertito, Curator at the KWAHS at the Custom House, will coordinate the Artists' Challenge and will join three other qualified arts community leaders in serving as judges. Artists are asked to choose one of two categories in which to participate: professional artist or recreational artist. The first place winner in each category will be awarded $100; second place winner $75; and third place winner $50. Winners will be honored at the March 26 reception. All the paintings will be on exhibit from March 22 through 31 at 513 Truman Avenue.
Artists may pick up their work on May 1.

Poetry Contest - Submission Deadline: 3/17

Poets are invited to submit a 30 line or less poem about the relationship between Tennessee Williams and his sister and muse Rose or that of Tom and Laura in the play and film “The Glass Menagerie.” A completed registration form (click here), a registration fee of $20 and the completed poem must be postmarked no later than March 17 and sent to the address provided on the form. Vicki Boguszewski, from the Key West Poetry Guild, will coordinate the Poetry Contest and join three local respected poets in serving as judges. The first place winner will be awarded $100; second place winner $75; and third place winner $50. The winners will be honored and asked to read their poems at the March 26 reception at 5l3 Truman Avenue on March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Click Here for Application Form