2019 Kristallnacht and 2020 Yom HaShoah Art Competitions
Who: All middle and high school students in the Tulsa area are eligible to enter the contests.
What: The 2019 Kristallnacht Art Contest will focus on the fate of those Jews who found it impossible to leave after Kristallnacht. Our title will be: “Kristallnacht Aftermath: No Place for Us”
The 2020 Yom HaShoah Art Contest will focus on women who resisted during the Holocaust. Our title will be “Choosing to Act: Jewish Women’s Resistance during the Holocaust.”
Where: Kristallnacht artwork will be displayed at the Jewish Federation’s Sylvan Auditorium 2021 E. 71st St.
Yom HaShoah artwork will be displayed at Congregation B’nai Emunah, 1719 S. Owasso Ave., Tulsa.
When: Kristallnacht artwork can be set up on Friday, November 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and/or Saturday, November 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm for display. Judging will take place at 6:00 pm Saturday, November 16, and winners will be announced and prize money awarded at the event on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm.
Yom Hashoah artwork can be set up on Tuesday, April 21 and/or Wednesday, April 22 from 3:00-6:00 pm for display. Judging will take place at 6:00 pm Wednesday April 22, and winners will be marked at the event on Thursday, April 23.
Criteria for Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah Art Contests:
- “Artwork” is understood to be visual art in any medium, but is not understood to refer to film, music, dance, or drama (the performing arts) for our purposes.
- All artworks should be easily portable and either freestanding or able to sit on an easel or tabletop.
- Artworks may be submitted by individual students or by groups of students.
- The artist’s name, school and teacher should appear on the artwork in a place that is not visible when displayed (such as the bottom or back of the artwork). Find the Identity Plate template below.
- A title and short (1-3 sentence) artist/s’ statement should accompany each artwork. Find the template below.
- Artworks that require batteries or electricity may not be displayed, for logistical reasons.
- Artworks that include the depiction of blood, body parts, or ashes will not be displayed.
- Artwork will be judged based on originality, attention to detail, and evidence of historical research. Judges will include representatives from the Council for Holocaust Education, the Sherwin Miller Museum, our guest speaker, and former teachers.
Prizes for Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah Art Contests:
13 finalists will be selected in the Middle School category and in the High School category. From these 26, the following prizes will be awarded in each category:
First Place: $250 Second place: $150 Third place: $50
Kristallnacht Art Contest: November 7 to reserve exhibit space. Teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by this date if you plan to exhibit artwork for judging. Artwork should reflect student artist’s response to their study of Kristallnacht.
Kristallnacht Art Contest: November 17: Prize winners will be announced and prize money awarded during the event. Following the commemoration, the work of the 26 finalists will be kept at the Federation to be displayed for 2 weeks. All other artwork must be removed by teachers immediately following the event.
Yom HaShoah Art Contest: April 16 to reserve exhibit space. April 21 and/or April 22, 3:00 pm -6:00 pm: Teachers who have applied for display space may use this time to set up their displays. All artwork must be set up and ready for judging by 6:00 pm on April 22. Teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to reserve display space.
Yom HaShoah Art Contest: April 24: Prizewinners will be displayed during the event. Following the commemoration, the work of the 26 finalists will be transported to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. All other artwork must be removed by teachers immediately following the event.
Yom HaShoah Art Contest: April 26, 2:00 pm: Finalists and prizewinners will be honored at a reception at the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. Prize money will be awarded at this time.