This summer the Hunter Museum will be exhibiting the work of Harvey Dunn – one of the leading artist-illustrators of the golden era of illustration. Dunn’s work as both an artist and a teacher had enormous influence on the way Americans saw their lives portrayed in the early 20th century. The exhibition features Dunn’s paintings of rural America and scenes captured on World War I battlefields, as well as his work for Scribner’s, Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines.

As a companion to the exhibition, the Hunter Museum is hosting a storytelling contest for children to write their own very short stories based on selected images from the exhibit.


All rising K-5th graders


Choose from one of the following images. Then imagine what’s happening in the painting – what people are saying, thinking or feeling; what happened before and will happen afterwards; and where the story takes place. Now, write it down! Use 150 words or less for your short story. 

Click here to see full versions of the five works.

Make sure to include your name, your grade and school, a phone number or email address, and the number of the picture on which your story is based (found at the beginning of each caption).

Next, email your story to or hand-deliver to:

Hunter Museum                             Every day July 1 - July 30
Creative Discovery Museum          Friday and Saturday, July 1 & 2
Cambridge Square Night Market   Friday, July 8
Chattanooga Market                      Sunday, July 10


The contest runs from July 1 to July 31.


Winners will have their stories featured alongside the Hunter’s summer exhibit, Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students, and receive free museum passes.*

*All winners must have a parent or guardian’s consent to have their stories featured at the museum.


All winners must have a parent or guardian’s consent to have their stories featured at the museum. Entries must be no longer than 150 words and must be written by rising K-5 grade students.  Child’s name, school name, grade, and contact information must be included on submission. Winning entries must have parent or guardian consent to include the child’s name, the child’s story, the child’s image and/or an audio recording of the child reading his/her story at the Hunter Museum, in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and on the websites of those organizations. Entries will be judged on creativity and narrative. Winners will receive a pair of tickets to the museum (good for accompanying adults), children’s museum guide and a chance to have their story featured alongside the Hunter’s summer exhibit. Entries that do not follow contest rules or are deemed illegible by judges will be disqualified. Relatives or household members of Hunter Museum staff are not eligible.



The Chattanooga Times Free Press is the contest and exhibition media partner.
Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is made possible in Chattanooga by support from SunTrust and is a collaboration of Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.