The 2017 student winners of the Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest have been announced. This contest was open to all Quad City Area students in grades 7-12. Judges were Rowen Schussheim-Anderson from Augustana College and Rob Lipnick from Scott Community College. 25 students submitted entries.
“We are thrilled that there were 25 entries in total, in only the 3rd year of the contest. The entries again were overall so excellent, that it was very difficult for the judges to make their decisions.” – Allan Ross
First Prize: Faith Mutum from Rock Island High School whose painting is entitled “Deliver Us From Evil.” Nominating teacher is Adrianna Corbey-Winn.
Second Prize: Agata Burzunska from Rock Island High School whose collage is entitled “Captive.” Agata is a foreign exchange student from Poland. Nominating teacher is Adrianna Corbey-Winn.
Third Prize: Sophie Utsinger from Bettendorf Middle School whose drawing is entitled “Yearning to Fly.”
The student prizes are $500 (1st); $200 (2nd); $100 (3rd); and gift certificates to a local art supply store for the teacher who provided guidance.
In addition there were 5 entries that received Honorable Mention:
Alexandria Shurk from Rock Island High School; Rayne Pyron and Payton Henry from the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities; and Anna Stivers and Kara Hughes from Morning Star Academy. Each student received a $25 gift card to a local art supply store.
All entries were on display at the annual Yom Hashoah Rembrance Program held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, IA.
Entries were also exhibited at Davenport West High School and at the Moline Public Library.