MATTESON–(ENEWSPF)–April 11, 2016. Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for high school students during a reception at South Suburban College’s Lee E. Dulgar Gallery.
Paul Somerville, a student at Thornwood High School, won first place for his entry titled, “A Boy in the City.” Paul’s artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. He was also awarded two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception honoring the winning artists from all 50 states.
“We had 19 young people express their truth through artwork that was remarkably imaginative and thoughtful,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Thank you to the art teachers for guiding the talent of their students and to our six judges who were entrusted with the difficult job of selecting the best of the best.”
Second runner-up was Ashley Deckelman, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor, for her piece titled, “Defloured.” Third runner-up was Lucy Sloan, also from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “Nested.”
Assisting at the reception were the S.W.A.G.G Girls (Students With A Goal Toward Greatness), from Chateaux Elementary School in Hazel Crest.
Nineteen students representing four schools submitted entries. The high school art competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 to acknowledge and support the artistic talent of America’s young adults.