Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

In 2020, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and death camps in Europe. Millions died, but many thousands also survived the camps and went on to lead productive and sometimes inspiring lives. Choose a survivor or a camp liberator who has made outstanding contributions to the arts, the sciences, education, or any significant gift to humanity.

The Max May and Lydia May Holocaust Art and Writing Contest is named after the grandparents of Dayton Holocaust Resource Center’s Director Renate Frydman. Each year, students in grades 5–8 (Division I) and 9–12 (Division II), attending public school, parochial school, or those who are home schooled within the Miami Valley are invited to learn more about the Holocaust and share their reflections through artistic expression, and creative writing.

What can students submit?
In order to qualify, all submissions must incorporate the current year’s theme. Students are encouraged to not just explore the history and aftermath of the Holocaust, but to also engage artistically with this year’s specific focus. Student art and writing submissions must be the independent effort of the student themselves. All submissions will be judged on originality, relevance to the theme, and appearance.

Examples of art accepted are drawing, painting, photography, print making, three-dimensional sculpture, and mixed media. Three-dimensional art submissions should be no larger than 3ftx3ft and weigh no more than 15lbs. Two-dimensional or digitally created art may be larger, however must be securely matted to heavy weight matte board or foam core. All art submissions must have a typed label attached to the back or bottom of the piece with the following information: title of piece, student name, art medium, school, grade, teacher, student email, teacher email. If a writing explanation accompanies an art piece, it must be in a plastic sleeve attached to the entry form.

Types of writing accepted are fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama. Poetry and prose submissions will be judged separately from fiction and non-fiction submissions. Each entry should not exceed 2,000 words, must be typed and double spaced.

How to Submit

Digital Submissions
Writing (word document or PDF) and image of the Art (PDF, .jpeg, or .tiff) submission may be emailed as an attachment to Jodi Phares (jphares@jfgd.net) with the following information included: title of piece, student name, school, grade, teacher, student email, teacher email. Please download, save and complete the PDF form-fillable entry form available below.

In-Person Submission (Required for Art Display)
All art pieces are required to be submitted in person. Please call Temple Israel ahead of time to schedule your art drop off by calling (937) 496-0050. Once scheduled, you may drop off submissions at Temple Israel, located at 130 Riverside Dr., 45402. In addition to the label attached to the art entry, please download, save and complete the PDF form-fillable entry form available below and submit a printed version along with your artwork.

Submission Deadline
All Art and Writing Submissions must be received, either digitally or in person by Friday, April 3, 2020. If you digitally submit an image of your artwork, you must still submit your art work in person for presentation following the guidelines listed above.



Committee Members

Melinda Doner, Dave London, Beth Manor, Tom Martin, Rosemarie Meyer, Bridget Newbury, Pat Riley, Challon Roberts, Steve Shively
Chair: Renate Frydman

Staff: Jodi Phares

The Holocaust Education Committee meets annually to discuss Holocaust education matters for Dayton and the Greater Miami Valley. The Holocaust Education Committee promotes the study of the Holocaust by sponsoring conferences, teacher workshops and speakers. For more information please contact Jodi Phares, Project Manager for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, at jphares@jfgd.net or (937) 610-5513.

2019 Writing Winners

Please click the buttons below to read writing submissions from our 2019 winners.

2019 Gallery

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