Honorable Mention
Suzanna Cole | Ossining High School 

I was shocked by the many stories of New York’s runaway slaves, but I chose to represent the ad for a woman only known as “Lucretia or Cretia.” She was extremely brave as a woman—a pregnant woman nonetheless—to run away, in hopes of salvaging her own life and that of her unborn child as well. The ad was extremely disturbing, referring to this young woman as an object to own, supposedly entrusted into the “Care of the Subscriber to sell.” Being sold is not equivalent to being cared for. With my artwork, I wanted to depict the harsh difference between the freedom so many runaways like Lucretia sought, and the sad reality of slavery which they had to face.

With the design of my piece, I chose to keep detail simple. Aside from the blue watercolor to represent water, I used only charcoal for a black and white effect. Society at Lucretia’s time saw only “black and white”. I also see the water as the purest mirror, reflecting what should truly be. While slaves were literally and psychologically chained because of their ethnicity, Lucretia and other runaways had the strength and faith to imagine liberation.

2009 Artists

Kirsten Sawyer (1)
Randy Wallace (2)
Tyesha Carter (3)
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Ijayna Barnes (HM)
Gabrielle Gardner (HM)
Suzanna Cole (HM)
Sarah Hartdke (HM)
Liam Houghtaling (HM)
John Morocho (HM)
Chris Nixon (HM)