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Terra Foundation Announces Winners of Civil War in Art Lesson Plan Contest

The Terra Foundation for American Art announced the winners of its Civil War in Art Lesson Plan Contest:

First place: “Portraits of Unlikely, Everyday Soldiers: ‘Questions for’ John F. P. Robie, J. L. Balldwin, and Kady Brownell” by Gregory Bonsignore, reading specialist, Chicago Public Schools, and Kristan Hanson, adjunct museum educator, The Art Institute of Chicago

Second place: “Causes of the Civil War: Expansion and Abolition of Slavery during the 1850s” by John Duckhorn, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL

Third place: “The Second American Revolution, Presented Frame by Frame” by Gideon J. MacKay, Michele Clark Academic Prep High School, Chicago, IL
Winners received cash prizes of $500, $300, and $150, respectively. An honorable mention was awarded for “The Art of Sketching: Looking through the Lens of Visual and Written Hospital Sketches” by Kathleen Harsy, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, IL.

The contest arose from the The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections (, an online resource that connects students to the issues, events, and people of the era through artwork in the collections of seven local cultural organizations. –

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