Top Three Essayists in High School and College Divisions Will Receive Cash Awards
The submission period opens Thursday, Sept 1, 2022, and ends at midnight on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022. The winners in the high school and college divisions will be announced at a reception scheduled for 6 pm on Thursday, Oct 20, 2022. The first-place award in each category is $250.
“We have had as many as 80 students enter this writing competition,” Annie Vanoteghem, director of education and public programming at the AMA, said. “It’s exciting each year to see how an artwork has inspired a young person by sparking the imagination or by giving an experience a new perspective. “
There is no cost to enter the contest. To participate, a student must visit the Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive and choose one of six designated artworks that can be found in the current exhibitions. Once an art object has been selected, the student must incorporate it into the essay.
“The essay may be factual, such as relating an experience that the art object brings to mind, or it may be fictional, a product of the writer’s imagination,” Vanoteghem said. “The essay may be prose or poetry. The only limits are that a student may only submit one entry, and the essay cannot exceed 1,000 words in length.”
A list of the art objects designated for the contest will be available to students at the welcome desk in the AMA lobby. The AMA is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and admission is free to everyone.
The competition is open to any college student who lives in Southwest Georgia, and to any student, regardless of hometown, who is currently enrolled at Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia Southwestern State University, Valdosta State University, Thomas University, or Andrew College.
The high school division is open to public and private high school students in Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth counties.
Dually enrolled students, who take both high school and college-credit classes, compete in the college division.
Entries must be emailed to 1000Words@albanymuseum.com by midnight on Oct 8. Guidelines frequently asked questions, and a list of winners from previous essay contests may be found at www.albanymuseum.com/essay-contest.
“Individual students or whole classes can come to the museum and spend time with one of the selected works,” Vanoteghem said. “Everyone who enters this contest will be able to expand their visual thinking skills, develop their writing skills, and grow their appreciation for art. It is always a rewarding experience for students.”
Questions about the contest may be emailed to Vanoteghem at email@example.com.
- Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice is in the Haley Gallery, Sept 1-Dec 10, 2022. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support is provided by Art Bridges.
- Wayna: Her Dreams of Ethiopia, Works by Tracy Murrell is in the East Gallery, Sept 1, 2022- Jan 7, 2023.
- Georgia Artists Guild of Albany, 29th Juried Exhibition is in the McCormack Gallery, Sept 1, 2022-Jan 7, 2023.
- AMA ChalkFest, Nov 19, 2022, 10 am-5 pm, Front Street and Veterans Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. www.amachalkfest.com.
ABOUT THE ALBANY MUSEUM OF ART
The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany, Ga., adjacent to Albany State University West Campus just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
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