2017 Winners of the Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest

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 will be on display at the annual Yom Hashoah Rembrance Program to be held Sunday, April 23, 7:00 PM at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, IA.

Entries will also be exhibited at West High School, 3505 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, during the first two weeks in April and at the Moline Public Library (dates TBA).

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Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities

2013-11-05_19-56-52_857 Welcome to the website for the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities. The homepage includes a painting of apple blossoms by actress Judy Winnick. It represents the apple tree where Irena Sendler buried jars filled with names of Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Judy Winnick visited the Quad Cities in September, 2013 and performed a monologue based on the life of Irena Sendler at area schools and public libraries. She was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities. Judy Winnick returned as keynote speaker at the 2015 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities portraying Miep Gies. Judy will return to the Quad Cities on October 26, 2017 to portray the life of Alice Herz-Sommer at the 14th Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities.

Show poster for Judy Winnick's portrayal of Irena Sendler.    

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