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Local’s cartoon wins prestigious prize

Jack Wiens of Ashland won the grand prize in a political cartoon contest at the Homer C. Davenport International Cartoon Contest, part of the Homer Davenport Community Festival in Silverton, Oregon, held from Aug. 3-5.

The cartoon, which Wiens said shows his “outrage at how our government is traumatizing families” through its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, earned $750 in prize money. Wiens’ work also took first place in “People’s Choice” voting.

Cartoon were judged for artistic skill (What is the technical skill of the artist’s work?); implied message (Was the message of the cartoon clear and obvious?); and overall appeal (Was the cartoon effective?).

The cartoon contest started in 1982. This year there were 44 entries.

Davenport (1867-1912) was a famed cartoonist who lived in Silverton before beginning a newspaper cartooning career with The Oregonian in 1889. He later was hired by William Randolph Hearst as part of his effort to assemble the best newspaper staff money could buy.

Wiens also designed this year’s Ashland Chamber of Commerce 4th of July celebration artwork.

According to his website (www.jackwiens.com), Wiens is an artist, “psychotherapist, father of two and proud grandpa to three. A native of Oregon, Jack grew up in southern California and has lived in Missouri and Colorado. He recently returned to Oregon to make his home in Ashland.”

A cartoon by Ashland resident Jack Wiens shows a sighing Lady Liberty with a tear running down her cheek in a kennel-type cage like those in which people detained for alleged immigration violations have been photographed, next door to another cage with a child saying, in Spanish, "Sniff! Where is my mother?" Ourside the cages are a pair of uniformed officers, one of whom asks the other, "What's she doing here?" to which the other responds "No green card!"