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The Art and 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.

ART AND 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 and 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 and 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 video or DVD. 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.

Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center and other locations (to be determined) in St. Louis and Missouri.

ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS

  • Plagiarism.
  • Entry does not adhere to guidelines as stated.
  • Entry is received after the 4:00 pm Friday, April 7, 2017 deadline.

All entries remain the property of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center and will not be returned. By your participation 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.

Entries must be received by the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017 (postmarks not accepted).
For additional information, call 314-442-3714.

 

2016 Winners of the Art & Writing Contest

VISUAL ARTS – Division 1 Middle School
First Place: Imprisoned, Emily Hoffman, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 8th Grade
Second Place: Untitled, Ari Perryman, Wydown Middle School, 6th Grade
Third Place: We Are One, MJ Bournstein, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade
Shattered, Andrew Nwacha, St. Mary’s, 8th Grade

Special Honorable Mention
Reflections, created by Elaine Eversgerd’s 8th grade class, Hazelwood West Middle School. Aaron Boulch, Maddie Davenport, Joanna Dearman, Aaron Hotze, Savanna Pestka, Emily Potter, Maddie Wahby and Grace Winters.

Honorable Mentions
Don’t Look, Samantha He, Bernard Middle School, 8th Grade
The Horror, Rhune Verbrugge, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade
Working Jews to Death, William Turner, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade
The Reflection of History, Diya Sakhrani, Fort Zumwalt South Middle School, 8th Grade
Bielski Partisans (Hiding Then Resisting), Gabriel Perryman, Katy Junior High School, Katy, TX, 7th Grade

VISUAL ARTS – Division 2 High School
First Place: The Darkest Light, Christian Oryan Wolfe Flottmann, Central R-3 High School, 11th Grade
Second Place: NEVER AGAIN, Kyle FitzGibbon, Missouri Hills Bissell Hall, 11th Grade
Third Place: Untitled, Zeke Webb, East Carter Co. Rt. 2 School, 10th Grade

WRITING – Division 1 Middle School
First Place: This Poem Cannot Exceed 1,000 Words, Alex Madaras, Crestview Middle School, 8th Grade
Second Place: Holocaust Poem, Josh Lyles, St. Gabriel School, 8th Grade
Third Place: Flame, Katie Hastings, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade
A World in Color, Kylie Alexis Rollings, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade

Honorable Mentions
Am I Responsible?, Belle Gage, Wydown Middle School, 7th Grade
The Story, Andrew Porterfield, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 8th Grade
Letters of the Past, Erica Stewart, Fort Zumwalt South Middle School, 8th Grade
Cry of Glory, Hannah Volz, North Kirkwood Middle School, 8th Grade
Starved, Delaney Reprogle, Fox Middle School, 8th Grade
In My Children’s Eyes, Hadleigh Bachman, St. Gabriel School, 8th Grade

WRITING – Division 2 High School
First Place: Taking Out the Garbage, Tamsyn Brann, Ardsley High School, 11th Grade
Second Place: The Forest of Flames, Talia Raikin, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew School, 11th Grade
Third Place: Where Were You?, Jax Egan, St. James Academy, 9th Grade
The Inescapable Fall, Katie McIntyre, St. James Academy, 9th Grade

Honorable Mentions
Wake Up, Lupita Contreras, Golden High School, 10th Grade
Light in the Dark, Emily Prost, St. Vincent de Paul, 10th Grade
We Cannot Forget, Ashley Raskin, Crossroads College Preparatory School, 9th Grade
Running Out of Time, Samantha Russell, St. James Academy, 9th Grade

Thanks to Nikki Goldfeder and Myrna Meyer.

Special thanks to our contest judges:
Writing: Andrea Brownstein, Julie Frankel, Sandy Snodgrass
Visual Arts: Gary Godwin, Jeff Hartz, John Lesser

View Photos of the Winners

Previous Year’s Winners
2015
2014
2013

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