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Banned Books Art Contest Winners

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Date, Location

    • (Contest is now closed; winners announced)

    Banned Books Art Contest Winners

    • Overall Senior Winner ($1,000) – Randal Brumitt, “The Hope List” 
    • Overall Junior Winner ($150) – Hannah Higgins, “Huck Finn” 
    • 1st Runner-Up Junior Winner ($100) – Maryangela Thornton, “Stay Alive” 
    • 2nd Runner-Up Junior Winner ($50) – Maureen Reed, “Huck & Jim” 
    • Honorable Mention Senior – Cathy Germay, “No Nigger” and  Kaitlynn Radabaugh, “Stand Up” (TIE)
    • Honorable Mention Junior – Essence Cline Coe, “The Good Life” 
    • People’s Choice Senior – Cathy Germay, “No Nigger”  
    • People’s Choice Junior – Maureen Reed, “Huck & Jim” 

    Art Contest

    Artists were invited to create original art inspired by the censure of one of the following books, among those most frequently challenged or banned in 2010, for a contest cosponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Southwestern Branch and Kalamazoo Public Library.


    Art contest entries were featured during the October 7 Art Hop reception at the library to celebrate Banned Books Week, September 24-October 1. Local personalities read from all six books. Contest winners were announced during the event.


    Contest open to artists residing in southwest Michigan. Artwork should be submitted in either the senior or junior category. Typically, senior artists will be over 18 years; junior artists in grades 7-12.

    Artwork & Judging

    Artists may enter one original artwork in any medium, not to exceed 3 feet in any dimension. No direct copies of existing artwork, photos, or graphics will be accepted. Art will be judged by content and interpretation (censorship of one of the six books), creativity, craftsmanship, and overall impact.


    The ACLU will award several cash prizes: $1,000 to the senior winner and three junior prizes of $150, $100, and $50. One Honorable Mention and one People’s Choice (both non-cash prizes) will be awarded in each category. Winners will be announced at the event and posted on the KPL,, and ACLU websites,

    Display of Entries

    Artworks will be displayed on the Kalamazoo Public Library’s first floor from October 7-14. Please mat, frame, or mount 2-D work so it may be placed on table top easels. All 3-D work must be sturdy and able to be handled and moved safely. Securely attach an ID label to the back of your entry.

    Delivery of Entries

    Entries must be received by mail no later than Tuesday, October 4. Hand-delivered entries will be accepted Tuesday, October 4, or Wednesday, October 5, between 9 am to 9 pm, at Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St.


    Work is submitted at owner’s risk. Although every precaution will be taken, the ACLU and KPL are not responsible for artwork while on library premises. The ACLU and KPL reserve the right to refuse any entry and to withdraw any work from the exhibition.

    Return of Entries

    Pick up artwork on Wednesday, October 19, between 9 am – 5 pm. Entries not picked up by deadline may be disposed of unless arrangements are made in advance.


    Contact KPL’s Kevin King,, or the ACLU’s Jacquelyn Taylor,