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Students Tell The Story Writing Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2009-10 Vera List University Art Collection Writing Award were recently announced. On April 20, the winners who will receive cash prizes for their efforts, will celebrate their accomplishments in an informal gathering with acclaimed American artist Elaine Reichek, whose work Gauguin at the Harmonium was the inspiration behind one of the prize-winning submissions. The conversation on art and art writing will be held in front of Ms. Reichek’s work at 6 East 16th Street, 9th floor, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This year, the prizes were awarded to the following students:

First Prize Creative Response:

  • Carmella Laughlin, MA in Media Studies, The New School for General Studies, for her poem KIT KAT, written in response to Kara Walker’s Event Horizon .

First Prize Critical Response:

  • Carly Dintaman, Design and Management, Parsons The New School for Design, for her essay Tseng Kwong Chi: Alienated Tourist,, written in response to the artist’s work of that title

Second Prize Creative Response:

  • Dorothy Krajewski, MA in Liberal Studies, The New School for Social Research, for her essay The Inspiring,, written in response to Elaine Reichek’s Gauguin at the Harmonium

The Vera List University Art Collection Writing Award honors the best critical and creative essays written by students in response to the university’s collection of approximately 2,000 works. Established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, the award is presented once a year. For further information on the award or the VLC, please visit the center at

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