Each year in the spring, my office participates in the Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery." This nationwide competition provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent of high school students and acknowledge our nation's gifted young adults. Since the U.S. House of Representatives created the competition in 1982, hundreds of thousands of talented high school students have served as artistic ambassadors of their communities. The contest is open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing and/or attending schools located in the 26th Congressional District. The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) co-sponsors the annual juried event and selected a professional artist/educator to judge the annual competition.  

All qualified submissions were posted in a virtual gallery on my website from March 26th - 30th, and the public was able to vote online for their favorite pieces.  Over 1500 votes were cast; the artwork earning the most votes was “Monochromatic Bird” by Brittney Boyd, a student at Prestonwood Christian Academy.  As the "Texas Choice" winner, Brittney advances to the final judging.  The "Best of School" winners were selected by the art juror, one student artist from each school.  Also, the art juror selected additional artworks as  “Jurors Choice” awards, based upon artistic merit.  The “Texas Choice”, “Best of School”, and “Juror’s Choice” artworks are the selected finalists, and these artworks will be further considered for the Grand Prize and First Place.  All of the finalists will all be honored at a reception at the Center for the Visual Arts on April 23rd in Denton.  At the reception, the Grand Prize and First Place winners will be announced.

Grand Prize in the competition is the display of the winning student's artwork for an entire year in the House corridor to the U.S. Capitol.  The exhibit space is traveled daily by Members of Congress, their staff, and thousands of visitors who are able to view the artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country - each artwork is highlighted with the name of the work and student artist.  The winning First Prize artwork is displayed for one year in my Lewisville District Office. The 26th District winner and a guest will be invited to Washington, D.C. in the summer to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the winning artists and the opening of the exhibition. 
 

2014 ART COMPETITION FINALISTS
 
listed by high school
 

BYRON NELSON HIGH SCHOOL

 

 Juror's Choice: Mia Dessi, "Prague"



 
Best of School: Audrey Vincenzo, "Boots and Bluebonnets"


 


 CORAM DEO ACADEMY



Best of School: Nick Glover, "Deep Blue"

FLOWER MOUND HIGH SCHOOL

 



 

Juror's Choice: Chase Goudeau, "Texas Highway"

                         
Best of School: Madison Rice, "Sauce Shelf"

GUYER HIGH SCHOOL

 
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Best of School: Zora Urbanyi, "Hope for Maybe"

LAKE DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL


 
Best of School: Corina Marin, "Prisma Leaves"
 

LEWISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL




 
Best of School: Ye Jee Kim, "Blue Bag"
 

LEWISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL -- HARMON CAMPUS

Best of School: Anayeli Calixto, "Drowned in Blue"

 

LONE STAR HIGH SCHOOL

 
Best of School: Linnea Sill, "Keeper of the Wildwood"

MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL


 
Best of School: Ah Yeong Cho, "Release Me"
 
 
 Juror's Choice: Jillian Blair, "Yesterday"

              
 

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL

Best of School: Vanessa Kantaphone, "Me, Myself and Eyes"
 
 
 

PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

TEXAS CHOICE: Brittney Boyd, "Monochromatic Bird"

Juror's Choice: Caitlyn Remmers, "Summer" 

RYAN HIGH SCHOOL

Juror's Choice: Blair Duran, "Lack of Color"
 
Best of School: Tamara Manning, "The Art World"

TIMBER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

 

 
 

Best of School: Anngelique Plante, "Lights on SoCo"
 

 
Juror's Choice: Taylor Sajulga, "Converse"