Student Art & Writing Contest

Art & Writing Contest

The Art & Writing contest is a wonderful opportunity for young people who have visited the Museum or studied the Holocaust in their classrooms to respond creatively to what they have learned.

This important outreach program was established with the support of Dr. Ira (of blessed memory) and Judy Gall and is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust and in honor of the Galls’ grandchildren. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners and winning submissions are displayed in the Holocaust Museum Theater and at other locations.

Winners of the 2018 Art & Writing Contest have been selected!

Read the full list of winners and honorable mentions below.

 

Art & Writing Contest Official Rules

Use your creativity to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust. Topics may include:

  • Acts of courage and heroism
  • Resistance and rescue
  • The consequences of indifference
  • Persecution, intolerance and injustice
  • Preserving humanity in situations of great adversity
  • History and lessons of the Holocaust

Contest Eligibility

There will be two divisions for both the Art & Writing categories. A student may submit only one entry in each category. The art or writing must not have been previously submitted to any other contest.

  • Division 1 will include grades 6-8.
  • Division 2 will include grades 9-12.

Writing Contest

Students may write a poem, newspaper article, story, play/dialogue or essay.

  • The entry must show evidence of thoughtful research, creativity and interpretation.
  • The entry may not exceed 1,000 words, must be typed double-spaced on one side of the paper (please use paper clips rather than staples).
  • Three copies must be submitted.
  • A panel of judges will evaluate the entry on content, originality, quality of expression and accuracy.

Art Contest

Students may create a sculpture, drawing, photograph, painting, poster, collage or five-minute film. All charcoal, chalk and pastels must be treated with fixatives.

  • The entry must represent the independent effort of the student.
  • The art entry may not exceed the dimensions of 20” x 20”.
  • The sculpture entry may not exceed 18” x 18” x 18”.
  • For safety reasons, art (painting or sculpture) may NOT include real barbed wire, jagged glass or plastic.
  • A panel of judges will evaluate the entry for creativity, excellence and content.

Prizes

  • First place winner in each category will receive $300 and a certificate.
  • Second place winner in each category will receive $200 and a certificate.
  • Third place winner in each category will receive $100 and a certificate.
  • Honorable mention winners in each category will receive $25 and a certificate.

Entries will be disqualified for any of the following reasons

  • Plagiarism.
  • Entry does not adhere to guidelines as stated.
  • Entry cannot be submitted to any other contests.

All entries remain the property of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center and will not be returned. By participating in the contest, you grant the Museum permission to publish the winning entries in brochures, flyers, other Museum publications and exhibitions. Photo reproductions of the winning entries may also be made available to the news media.

 

2018 Winners of the Art & Writing Contest


VISUAL ARTS – Division 1, Middle School

First Place: $300
Untitled
Farren Miller
Selvidge Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Anthony Dicarli

Second Place: $200
The End is Only the Beginning
Myah Gallup
South Valley Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Flavin

Third Place: $100
My Name Is Iby
Francesca Westendorf
Hixon Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Shalay Hudson

Honorable Mentions: $25
Faith Until the End
Hailey Fitts
Crestview Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Christopher Teague

Train of Horror
Natalie Mutschler
Eagle View Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Brenda Reed

 

VISUAL ARTS – Division 2, High School

First Place: $300
Struggle and Shields
Kimmy Wallen
Central High School (Park Hills)
11th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Gary Noble

Second Place: $200
Weltschmerz
Yancy McCarron
Central High School (Park Hills)
11th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Gary Noble

Third Place: $100
A-15510
Sophia DeCampi
Metro High School
11th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Margaret Seiler

Honorable Mention: $25
Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass
Brooke Bowman
Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School
11th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Julie Cole

You Don’t Always Write Your Own Path
Sara Lynn Carter
Cuba High School
11th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Nathan Boeh

At Peace
Jasmyn Diggs
Metro High School
12th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Margaret Seiler

Abducted Childhood
Madison Sokolik
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
10th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Patricia Chavez

 

WRITING – Division 1, Middle School

First Place: $300
Deafening Silence
Sidney Miller
Eagle View Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Brenda Reed

Second Place: $200
Once a Yellow Dress
Athena Ballard
Whiteside Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alison Coates

Third Place: $100
In the Face of Evil
Joseph Harned
Hixon Middle School
7th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Shalay Hudson

Honorable Mentions: $25
The White Dove
Simran Kulkarni
Eagle View Middle School
7th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Brenda Reed

The Secret Mailmen
Amber Lankford
Whiteside Middle School
8th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alison Coates

 

WRITING – Division 2, High School

First Place: $300
The “Master Race”
Mary Ingrid Schnake
Saint James Academy
9th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alli Jordan

Second Place: $200
Wrestling with Integrity
Benjamin Joerger
Saint James Academy
9th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alli Jordan

Third Place: $100
Used To Be
Katrina Barragree
Saint James Academy
9th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alli Jordan

Honorable Mention: $25
He Who Has Dug His Own Grave
Thomas James Baker
Saint James Academy
9th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alli Jordan 

Lambs to the Slaughter
Nathan Moser
Pattonville High School
10th Grade
Teacher: Mr. James Dalton

Remember
Matthew Surmaczewicz
Saint James Academy
9th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Alli Jordan

THANKS TO:
Nikki Goldfeder
Myrna Meyer
Judi Scissors

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONTEST JUDGES:

Writing
Andrea Brownstein, Sandy Snodgrass, Lynne Spewak

Visual Arts
Jeff Hartz, John Lesser, Jill Rosenberg

For more information, contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or DReich@JFedSTL.org.

 

Previous Year’s Winners


20172016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

 

Leadership

Myrna Meyer, Chair, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
Rachel Katzman, Chair, Art & Writing Committee
Marla Wild, Co-Chair, Art & Writing Committee

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

Jean Cavender, Director
Daniel A. Reich, Curator & Director of Education
Andrew Goldfeder, Manager of Programs & Logistics