Wins Grand Prize
April 25, 2017 | Press Release
Dallas, TX - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) congratulated the winners of the 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas on Monday.
The Congressinal High School Art Competition is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, organized by Congressman Sessions, is open to all high school students in the district. This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.
Uriel Lopez, a senior at John Leslie Patton Academic Center, was awarded the Grand Prize for his pencil work entitled "preserving Patriot's Dream." His artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Uriel will join the national winners in Washington, DC for the Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.
"Uriel's depeiction of the famous image of our men and women raising the flag in Iwo Jima beautifully captures our nation's spirit of patriotism," said Sessions. "his piece is nothing short of exceiptional and I am delighted that visiotrs from across the country and Congressional members will be able to see this moving piece each and every day in the United States Capitol building."
This year's competition included 11 entries from students representing five local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute. The People's Choice Award Winner was chosen by Congressman Sessions' constituents through online voting on his website.
Runners Up honors were presented to Raven Breaux, a junior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for her color pencil work entitled “Purity of Justice” and to Kimari Hodges, a senior at Lakeview Centennial High School for her watercolor painting “America in Blue.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Javier Castillo, a sophomore at Garland High School, for his acrylic painting entitled “American Light.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ Dallas District Office for the next year.
“The award-winning art produced by Uriel, Raven, Kimari, and Javier showcased their outstanding talent, and I am very proud of their work,” said Sessions. “All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition highlight their dedication, creativity and passion. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.”
Students and schools interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition may contact Rachel Wong in Congressman Sessions’ Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information.