John Day student wins Congressional art competition

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced today that Emma Hughes of John Day has been selected as the overall winner for Oregon’s Second Congressional District in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” Emma’s artwork, entitled Starry Eyed, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Two other students from John Day, Hannah Pereira and Lindsey Weymouth, were the runners-up in the competition. Their artwork will hang in Representative Walden’s eastern Oregon office in La Grande. Ms. Judith “JJ” Collier, a visual arts teacher at Grant Union High School, was instrumental in organizing the entries from John Day. The third runner-up is Sadie Heron, of Redmond. Her artwork will hang in Rep. Walden’s central Oregon office in Bend.

“I want to congratulate Emma on this accomplishment. The artwork she submitted is a testament to her talent, and I look forward to seeing it featured in the U.S. Capitol. Her work will be displayed among the best artistic talent from students throughout the nation. I’d also like to commend runners-up Hannah, Lindsey, and Sadie for their outstanding work and talent,” Walden said.

“This competition is a tremendous opportunity for young people interested in art, and I want to thank all those who participated, including a dedicated and fantastic team of judges from throughout the Second District. We had many wonderful pieces submitted for this year’s competition, and all of the students, their teachers, and families should be proud.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide program for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to highlight the importance of art education. In order to enter the competition, students are asked to submit two-dimensional artwork that is original in concept, design and execution. A panel of art professionals judges the submitted pieces to determine the overall winner and runners-up, whose art will hang in Representative Walden’s offices in Oregon for one year.

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