The Shnurman Visual Arts Contest

The annual Meyer and Frances Shnurman Visual Arts Contest theme is “Imagery and Expression: A Visual Response to the Holocaust.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in the Greater Quad City area. Deadline for submission is March 1 (annually). See contest guidelines below.

Shnurman Biography: Bios Meyer and Frances Shnurman

Guidelines & Entry Form: 2023 Holocaust Art Contest rules.updated

2022 Visual Arts Winners:

1st Place: Seryanna C. Cutkomp (8th grade), Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities – “Chaos in Color”
2nd Place: Aly Perez (7th grade), Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities – “Millions”
3rd Place: Levi Tannenbaum (10th grade) and Yosef Tannenbaum (9th grade), Homeschooled – “The Sixth Bridge”

2021 Visual Arts Winners:

1st Place: Grace Peterson, 7th grade, Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities
“Peggy Taylor’s Assassination”

2nd Place: Ella Strader, 8th grade, Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities
“Maty Anitek (Little Angel)”

3rd Place: Aviel Ramsey, 12th grade, Rockridge High School
“The Blood on his Hands”

Honorable Mentions:
Gael Chenus, 8th grade, Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities, “It Only Takes One”; Johnise Thorson, 7th grade, Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities, “Despair”

2020 Visual Arts Winners:

1st Place –  Ella Strader – “Look for the Helpers” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa; Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez
 
2nd Place – Megan Cornwell – Air That Kills” – 12th Grade, Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, Illinois; Nominating teacher: Kayla Ulfig
 
3rd Place – Sophia Clifton – “Painful Remembrance” – 7th Grade, Geneseo Middle School, Geneseo, Illinois; Nominating teacher:  Logan Hamilton

  

Honorable Mention –
Rhett Bliss “Tears from the Prosecuted” – 10th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois
Sulymar Morales-Espinosa “The Safety Wall” – 6th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa
Alexys Scheeper “Free Like a Butterfly” – 9th Grade, Central DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Iowa
Mwenyemali Djuma “Lost Innocence in a World of Destruction” – 7th Grade, Washington Junior High, Rock Island, Illinois
Miles Showalter  “Grief” – 9th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois
Gael Chenus  “Hope Among Darkness” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa   
Hope Bauer  “Looking In….Reaching Out” – 11th Grade, Bettendorf, High School, Bettendorf, Iowa
Benjamin Maas  “The Jewish Star” – 9th Grade, Home Schooled

2019 Winners:

1st Place: Veronica Macias “Hands of Holocaust” – 8th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport; Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez

2nd Place:
Lamam Hanifayeva –  “DON’T” – 12th Grade,  Mercer County HS, Aledo, Illinois; Nominating teacher: Tara Guidinger

3rd Place:
Marley Nees“Humans Not Numbers” – 8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport; Nominating teacher:  Heidi Hernandez
 
Honorable Mention –
Kayla Santiago“Portrait of Auschwitz Children Survivors”10th Grade, Home Schooled
Jacqueline Vernon“Villainy” – 8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport
Anna Stivers-“The Identity Through Her Eyes” – 9th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa
Abigail Stivers“A Second Generation Survivor”11th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa
 
2018 Winners:

   

1st Place – Sophia Dahm from Pleasant Valley High School – 11th grade – “Wings of Hope.” Nominating teacher Pat Bereskin from Bereskin Art Gallery & Academy.
2nd Place –
Anna Stivers from Morning Star Academy – 9th grade – “Striped Pajamas.” Nominating teacher Pam Rohde.
3rd Place –
Lauren McIntosh from Morning Star Academy – 9th grade – “Captive.” Nominating teacher Pam Rohde.
Honorable Mention –
Destiny Dixon from Davenport Creative Arts Academy – 7th grade – “Trapped in Trepidation.”
Jozlynn Ellis from Davenport Creative Arts Academy – 8th grade – “Judgmental Eyes.”
Abigail Stivers from Morning Star Academy – 10th grade – “The Look.”
Lauren Wilcox from Quad City Christian School – 12th grade – “A Helping Hand.”

2017 Winners:

   

1st Place – Faith Mutum from Rock Island High School – Deliver Us From Evil, Painting. Nominating teacher Adrianna Corbey-Winn.
2nd Place –
Agata Burzunska from Rock Island High School – Captive, Collage. Agata is a foreign exchange student from Poland. Nominating teacher Adrianna Corbey-Winn.
3rd Place –
Sophie Utsinger from Bettendorf Middle School –Yearning to Fly, Drawing.

2016 Winners:

Artcontest 

1st Place – Madison McKenzie – Moline High School – 12th grade – Lost Faces, Sculpture
2nd Place – Amy Van Fossen – Homeschooled, Bettendorf – 12th grade – Shadows of the Past, Drawing
3rd Place – Wyeth Platt & Makayla Smith – Creative Arts Academy

2015 Winner:


1st Place – Kylie Welch – Walcott Intermediate – 7th grade – A Single Candle, Painting