It happens every spring. No, not the start of the baseball season, although that part is true. No, what happens every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the “Congressional Art Competition.”
U.S. Representative Robin Kelly is sponsoring the annual Congressional Art Competition open to high school students residing or attending a school within the Second Congressional District.
The winner will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony this summer in Washington D.C., where his or her artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. The artwork of second- and third-place winners will be displayed in Rep. Kelly’s district offices.
Students may submit their artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Congresswoman Kelly’s Matteson Office, located at 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505; at the Chicago Office, 9200 South Commercial Avenue, Suite 415; or to the satellite office located on the lower level of Kankakee City Hall. Please call Alan Banks at (708) 679-0078 to arrange a drop-off time. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.
Artwork must be two dimensional, framed no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” and can include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs, computer generated art, or mixed media. All artwork must be original. Contest entry rules can be found at http://robinkelly.house.gov/services/art-competition.
Congresswoman Kelly will host a reception where she will announce the winner and runners-up on April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College, 15800 State Street, South Holland. For more information, call Alan Banks at (708) 679-0078.
The high school art competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 to acknowledge and support the artistic talent of America’s young adults.
Last year, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for high school students, during a reception at Prairie State College’s Christopher Art Gallery. This year’s winner was a student from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. The student, Jordyn Bush, won first place for her entry titled, “Jordyn Alexis.” Jordyn’s artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. She was also awarded two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception honoring the winning artists from all 50 states.
“I was amazed by the talent of these young artists,” Kelly said at the time. “Each one deserved a special award for creativity and imagination. I hope they will continue to express themselves through art and develop their remarkable talent. My thanks also go out to the art teachers for guiding their students and inspiring them to create such beautiful works.”
First runner-up was Emma Novak, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor, for her piece titled, “Macarons.” Second runner-up was Lucy Sloan, also from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “Gone Hunting.” And third runner-up was Maria Salcedo, of Marian Catholic High School, for “Ms. Music.”
Thirty students representing four high schools submitted entries. Other schools participating included Hillcrest High School and Independence High School. The high school art competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 to acknowledge and support the artistic talent of America’s young adults.
Last year’s winners were announced in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, located at South Suburban College in South Holland. The 2014 winner of the Congressional Art Competition in the Second Congressional District of Illinois was James “Drew” Richardson, a resident of Chicago’s South Side and a student at Walter Payton High School, who won first place for his entry titled, “Train of Thought.”
Last year’s second place winner was Loreta Sutkus, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for her piece titled, “Power Up the System.” The third place winner was Isabel Angulo, of Thornton High School, for “Special Deliveries.”
Three students received honorable mentions:
• Nathan Williams, of Bloom Trail High School, for “Fairy Tale.”
• Ricky Palmer of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “I Came to Meditate to My Flute Music.”
• Jamaal Gayles, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “The Shame of Us.”
Twenty-five students representing five high schools and the Tall Grass Arts Association submitted entries.
Author’s note: John Presta is a volunteer political communications and social media consultant to Congresswoman Robin Kelly.