KIA Announces Winners of "Inspired by Art" Writing Contest

Posted: November 18, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 x 3112

The entries came from as far away as Alaska, Texas, and Nevada - more than 600 poems, short stories, and other written expression all inspired by a single image: Dorothea Lang's iconic photograph, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California.

Dorthea Lange Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gift of the Photo Guild. 1966/7.85

Called "Inspired by Art" this writing contest was targeted to adults and students grades 6-8 and 9-12 who were invited to submit up to 200 words inspired by the photograph. Entries were juried by Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry.

Top winners in each of the three categories received $100 and had their entry published on the KIA website and in the exhibition gallery. Runners-up received KIA memberships and are published online. Entries of special merit were also considered for publication.

The winners are:

First Place, Adult
Amy Armstrong-Laitinen, Negaunee, MI; Do You See

Runners Up, Adult
SueAn Stradling, St. Johns, AZ; Migrant Mother
Paul A. Stermer, Kalamazoo, MI; A wooden doll

Special Merit, Adult
Mark Buckley, Port Huron, MI; Florence's Dream
Rene' Meave, Plainwell, MI; Mother
Vicki VanAmeyden, Battle Creek, MI; Madonna of the Dust Bowl
Ron Weber, Stevensville, MI; Migrant Mother: Legacy in Time-lapse

First Place, High School

Connie Wang, Sugar Land, TX; She terrifies me....

Runners Up, High School
Amanda Leichliter, St. Joseph, MI; Her Reflection
Kristi VerHage, Allegan, MI; The Collapse

Special Merit, High School
Meghan Tenacity Anderson, St. Joseph, MI; The Crippled Spirits
Trevor Boyd, O'Neals, CA; Death, hunger, sorrow...
Ashley Dixon, Manitou Beach, MI; Fleeting Thoughts of a Migrant Mother
Kennedy Greer, St. Johns, AZ; A woman looks out...
Stephanie Lin, Sugar Land, TX; Although we know little...
Heather Little, Portage, MI; Handstitched Love
Shelly Pattok, Allegan, MI; In Which the Sun Fell From the Heavens
Alek S., Concho, AZ; Dear Ruthie
Aaron S., Lemay MO; The Migrant Mother
David Sutherland, Richland, MI; Lost Again
Jessica Tariske, Hart, MI; Through the Eyes of a Migrant Mother

First Place, Middle School

Brooks Eisenbise, Kalamazoo, MI; Sepia

Runners Up, Middle School
Nicolas C., Denver, CO; Sadness
Anna Kent, Davison, MI; Face Not Forgotten

Honorable Mention, Middle School
Keegan Giffels, Kalamazoo, MI; Migrant Mother Letter
Anne Heidelberg, Gobles, MI; Just Another Natural Disaster
Charles Williams Johnson, Farnham, VA; The migrant mother sits...
Ruthie Whitlock, Mesa AZ; From a Migrant Mother's Heart

Special Merit, Middle School
Alyssa Baumgarten, Williamston, MI; Frayed Hearts
Laura Cameron, Battle Creek, MI; Poverty Child
Michael Daly, Kalamazoo, MI; Gruesome Criteria Makes Great Media

For more information about the Inspired by Art Writing Contest, or the winners, please contact Susan Eckhardt, Director of Museum Education, at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3160 or via email.