Shelbyville Daily Union

Education

May 13, 2014

Wierman Scholarship open to area students

Writing a winning essay about a famed mural produced by artist Diego Rivera will earn an area student a $500 scholarship.

The Mideastern Illinois Labor Council is sponsoring a labor essay contest that is open to college-bound high school juniors and seniors and students who are currently attending a community college or university. To be eligible, entrants must be current or former union members or children or grandchildren of current or former union members and must reside in one of the counties covered by the labor council: Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

The contest is named for Raymond Wierman, former president of the Mideastern Illinois Labor Council. Wierman, who died in 2007, was a longtime resident of Atwood and began his labor career as a business agent for Local Laborers 573. He was also president of the local Building and Construction Trades Council.

In the 1930s, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) painted a series of murals entitled “Detroit Industries.” His work is now on display at the Detroit Institute of Art and can readily be seen on such websites as http://www.dia.org/art/rivera-court.aspx as well as google images.

In 3-4 pages tell us about Rivera and his approach to art. What ideas was he trying to convey with his “Detroit Industries” masterpiece?

Entries, to be submitted electronically, should be four to five pages, typed and double-spaced. The deadline is May 31.

Additionally, entrants should submit a statement that names the high school they attend or attended and the union with which their family is affiliated.

Entries should submitted electronically (as emailed attachements) to: Dr. Edmund F. Wehrle, Chair Raymond Wierman Labor Essay Contest, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University, efwehrle@eiu.edu.

The author of the winning essay will be announced June 15.

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