On Saturday May 15, 2010, Congressman Al Green (TX-09), a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, hosted his annual Artistic Discovery Reception and Awards Ceremony for local area high school students. This annual event culminates with the recognition of first and second place winners who participated in a district wide contest designed to identify the best and the brightest in the visual arts field. The program featured over 50 works of student art from several schools located in the 9th Congressional District.
The first place prize went to “Sounds of the Oriental”, an oil on canvas painting depicting a young Asian woman playing a flute in the middle of an idyllic landscape, by Anita Xu, from the Xinseng Wang Art School.
Southwest Airlines, one of the sponsors of the nationwide competition, will award Ms. Xu and one of her parents a round trip ticket to Washington D.C. in June to attend the National Congressional Art Competition Reception. Her work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel along with the winning entries from each Congressional district nationwide. In addition, Ms. Xu will also be eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah (GA).
The second place prize went to “The Splashing Source of Life”, also an oil painting which shows a girl throwing water in the air, by Bohan ‘Jennifer’ Fan, from the Chinese Community Center Art School. Ms. Fan’s work will be displayed in Congressman Al Green’s District office. Both Ms. Xu and Ms. Fan and all other participants received a certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman Al Green.
The entries, which included artwork ranging from paintings to collages were submitted by students from the following schools: International High School, James Madison High, KIPP Houston High, St. Agnes Academy, the Chinese Community Center Art School, Thurgood Marshall High School and the Xinsheng Wang Art School.
“I am happy to see that, once again, the young residents of our Congressional District are expressing themselves through art. Regardless of who officially wins the competition, I think everyone who submitted an entry is a winner because they put a lot of time, effort and thought into their work,” commented Congressman Al Green.
Since the Congressional Art Competition was launched in 1982 more than 650,000 high school students from Congressional Districts around the country have participated in the program. “This is a magnificent opportunity to promote art among our young people and help many realize future careers as artists,” indicated Congressman Al Green.
The House of Representatives sponsors the competition each spring. Winning pieces of art from each participating Congressional District are displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol building for one year. Every entry is original in concept design and execution.