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Hoosier Student Holocaust Remembrance Artistic Expressions Competition

2021 Hoosier Student Artistic Expressions Contest Winners

Lily Thomas, 8th Grade, Shenandoah Middle School
Artwork Title: Broken Mirror

Addy Cooper, 8th Grade, Shenandoah Middle School
Artwork Title: Eye of the Broken Glass

The 23rd Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program took place on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Indiana Statehouse.

November 9 is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. During this day in 1938, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews.

This year, we invited middle and high school students from across the state of Indiana to submit an original piece of art or writing to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance program booklet and marketing materials as well as displayed in the Indiana State Museum throughout the month of November.

Students creating a piece of artwork were made aware that certain images associated with the Holocaust, such as Nazi symbols, barbed wire, and images from the death camps, carry potent and brutal racist connotations. Students were advised to use such images judiciously and thoughtfully, if at all, in their compositions.

Students were asked to consider the following quote from Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, as a prompt to inspire their artistic creation:
“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.”

Art Submission Guidelines

  • Entries due by Sunday, October 24 11:59 PM
  • Only one entry per individual.
  • All 2-dimensional medium accepted (painting, drawing, digital, etc.).
  • Physical artwork must be no smaller than 8"x10", and no larger than 20"x24".
  • All entries must be submitted electronically, and the online form (below) must be completed in full.
  • All entries will be judged on composition, form, and content.
  • Research materials and sources should be cited.
  • Entries should be titled.


The winner(s) will be notified by email by October 29, 2021. All entrants will receive a certificate honoring their participation. Winning artwork will be published in the 2021 State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance program and marketing materials.

Hoosier Student Art & Writing Submission Form