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VHM awards prizes to students in Annual Visual Arts Contest.


At the Yom HaShoah Remembrance program on April 23, the Virginia Holocaust Museum awarded prizes to students who won awards in the Annual Visual Arts Contest.

Community and VHM leader Carole Weinstein announced and awarded the prizes.

Mrs. Weinstein noted, “Richmond has become home to many Holocaust and contemporary genocide survivors and refugees. It is the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s mission to tell those stories, educating and helping to ensure that the words “Never Again,” are someday realized.  For the 2023 art contest, students were asked to use the Museum’s collection.  They watched Survivor interviews, read about Survivors’ lives, and looked at their family photos to show us how the stories of local Survivors have impacted and affected them.”

She added, “There were 50 entries in the competition with students entering from all over Virginia.  The judges for this year’s competition were Holly Markoff, Contemporary Mixed Media Artist, and Caroline Egan, Textile Designer and Professional Artist.”

The winners of the Carole Weinstein Prize for Tolerance and Justice in the Visual Arts are:

Junior Division (Grades 6-8)

1st:  Elena Contreras, 2nd:  Eva McKinley, 3rd: Eva Briggs, Honorable Mention: David Contreras

Senior Division (Grades 9-12)

1st:  Reese Burroughs, 2nd:   Akosua Owusu-Ansah, 3rd: Gina Yang, Honorable Mention:  Allyson Williams,

The winning entries are on display at the VHM.