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Heroes and Villains Come Alive In Ralph Ellison Library Art Contest

What’s your idea of a hero?  A comic book super guy or gal?  A President?  A mythological strong man?  A sandwich?

The concept is wide open so no matter how you define “hero” you can enter the “Heroes and Villains Art Contest” sponsored by the Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 NE 23rd  from May 2 through July 31, 2009.

“As the name of the contest implies,” explained librarian Kim Ventrella, “we’re also interested in the way people define the opposite of the hero, and that’s the villain. 

“I think it will be fun to see what people mean when they say that someone is a hero.  Are they talking about some character from popular culture, like Wolverine or Harry Potter, or are they thinking more about leaders from history or current events.  Your hero might even be someone you know or live with.  And the same goes for villains.” 

All ages may enter the contest and any artistic medium is acceptable.  The Library will begin accepting entries beginning on May 2, 2009 and continue accepting them through the end of July.  Winners will be announced at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the renovated Ralph Ellison Library.  Call 606-3459 for details.

“The winners of the contest,” Ventrella suggested, “will approach the topic in the most original, provocative, humorous or even perverse way.  Oh, and there will be prizes, including Visa gift cards and passes to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which is a co-sponsor.”

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.