ADHT staffer and The New School’s MFA in Creative Writing student, Rebecca Nison, has won the first-place award in the Creative Response category of the Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards for her work, “Teeth of Giants,” inspired by Ann McCoy’s The Four Alchemical Doors. The awards, which were established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, are given out annually to New School students who write the best critical and creative essays inspired by works in the university’s art collection. Ms. Nison’s piece, along with the other category winners, will be edited by professional art critics in collaboration with their authors and published in the annual award poster, which is designed in collaboration with illustration faculty of Parsons The New School for Design.
The theme for the 2011-2012 writing submissions were to engage works that relate to “thingness,” the current theme the Vera List Center’s activities, which is a multi-faceted inquiry into the nature of the material world. Ms. Nison’s piece is a story about a young boy whose love of dinosaurs is radically altered when he encounters the material realities of the past.
Her piece will be published in Canon, the interdisciplinary student-run journal of The New School for Social Research. There will be a public reading on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11 a.m., next to Fred Wilson’s sculpture on view at the lobby of 66 Fifth Avenue. Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Wilson will join the winners and discuss his work.
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