LEWISVILLE, TEXAS – Today, U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26) announced the winner of the tenth annual 26th Congressional District art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” Katherine Choi, a junior art student of Alisha Douglass at Flower Mound High School, won Grand Prize in the 2012 competition with her oil painting entitled “Through the Buildings.”
The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the district.
“This contest is designed to highlight the artistic achievements of our local high school students and to share the results of those talents with our area and the rest of the country,” Congressman Burgess said. “Katherine’s work makes the 26th District proud. She is a very talented young woman with a tremendous gift.”
Congressman Burgess honored all the finalists at a reception recently at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton hosted by the art competition’s co-sponsor, The Greater Denton Arts Council. The juried competition was judged by professional artist and instructor Jo Williams.
For the first time, this year’s entries were submitted digitally by art teachers on behalf of their students. This provided an opportunity for a new public category: the “Texas Choice” winner selected by popular vote in the virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website. Over 3800 individuals cast votes for their favorite artwork; Katherine Choi was the winner of this category also.
As the Grand Prize winner, Katherine Choi will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol and has the opportunity to attend the national ceremony in Washington, DC in June.
The first, second, third winners were announced as well: First place was awarded to Nadia Rosales; she is a junior at Ryan High School in Denton. Nadia is the student of Todd Ford and her artwork will be displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Washington, DC office for the upcoming year.
Brooks Morrow, a senior art student of Kathy Toews at Marcus High School, placed second with his art. Madison McDaniel is a senior at Keller High School and student of Liz Bonham, whose artwork won third place. Both students have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in Congressman Burgess’ district office for the next year.