Linda Durham Contemporary Art, a leading gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has just announced that the winner of their current essay contest is Danielle Shelley, with an essay entitled, We do art to be human.
The topic for the contest was, “The importance of art in this challenging political and economic world.” The gallery got several hundred submissions from around the U.S. as well as New Mexico. The essays were judged by a professional panel of judges: Timothy Rodgers, Chief Curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe; Jon Carver, a Santa Fe art-writer and art educator; and Aline Brandauer Sloan, art-writer and curator.
According to Danielle, the essay contest had a $500 prize that she didn’t know about until she was told she had won the contest. "As it happened, I’d ordered a big new easel, with a winch, a couple of days before I learned I’d won the prize, so the money comes in very handy," she said. "The last time I won a prize for my writing was in college, for a paper on the economics of cable TV regulation. This piece was a lot more fun to write."