The 2010-11 Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards Announced

Adrian Piper, "Let's Talk", 1992, at close up in Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building, 66 West 12th Street, 4th floor hallway, close up photographed by Amanda Ghanooni.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics has announced the winners of the 2010-11 Art Collection Writing Awards, which are given annually to honor the best New School students essays inspired by works in the university’s art collection. This year’s competition garnered entries from students in Bachelor, Master and PhD programs from fields of study spanning nearly all the university’s divisions.

The winners are:

First Prize of $400 went to Edwin Rivera, who is earning his MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from The New School Writing Program. His short story Atone For Joan’s Bones, is inspired by Adrian Piper, Let’s Talk, 1992, which is on view in Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building, 66 West 12th Street, 4th floor hallway.

Second prize of $200 was a tie, with prizes going to both Lenea Grace and Tikva Hecht. Grace is earning her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from The New School Writing Program. Her poem Pressure Drop, is inspired by Robert Mangold, Frames and Ellipses, 1988, which is on view at the Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, 11th floor hallway. Hecht is studying toward her MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research. Her short story Bird’s Eye, is inspired by Whitfield Lovell, Uncle, 1990, which is on view at Fanton Hall/Welcome Center, 72 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor hallway.

On Thursday, April 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center on 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, the winners will celebrate their accomplishments by reading their winning entries during Noir Now: Student Voices, a night of reading that highlights original texts by New School students. This event is part of the week-long New School Noir Festival.

The Vera List New School Art Collection writing award is named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, whose support was instrumental in creating the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and The New School Art Collection.