CRAIG COUNTY – Craig County student Mitchell England won first place in the junior division and a $200 prize for his entry in the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s Visual Arts Contest in Richmond. Mitchell is an eight-grader at Roanoke Catholic School.
This year students were encourage to create art reflecting on the concept “To Save One Life is to Save the World.” The theme focused “on the underlying concept behind the museum’s new primary document project, ‘A Million is One’ which will focus on the lives of survivors, immigrants and witnesses of the Holocaust.” (www.va-holocaust.com).
Mitchell’s artwork and that of other students was displayed in the museum in Richmond through the end of April.
Other winners were Libby Patterson of Vinton who won honorable mention and $25, and from Southwest Roanoke County, eighth-grader Sean Barker, $100; eleventh-grader Eva Kuehler who won first in the senior division and $200; and eighth-grader Charlie Sass, third place, $75.
Eva described her piece, titled “All Lives are Linked”:
“My piece incorporated the theme ‘To Save One Life is to Save the World’ by illustrating how people’s lives are linked to each other. By helping or saving one person, someone can start a chain that eventually influences the whole world. Saving someone from falling off a cliff symbolizes any word or deed that changes someone’s life for the better.”
Eva has been selected to receive a Savannah College of Art and Design scholarship to attend SCAD Summer Seminars this summer.