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U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition

James 'Drew' Richardson and U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly with James ‘Drew’ Richardson, a resident of Chicago’s South Side and a student at Walter Payton High School, who won first place in the Second Congressional High School Art Competition, for his entry titled, ‘Train of Thought.’ (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

South Holland, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Congresswoman Kelly announced the winners of the Second Congressional District High School Art Competition on Saturday during a ceremony in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, located at South Suburban College in South Holland.

James “Drew” Richardson, a resident of Chicago’s South Side and a student at Walter Payton High School, won first place for his entry titled, “Train of Thought.” Drew’s artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. He will also receive round-trip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception for the winners from all the congressional districts.

“I’m very proud of the 25 talented students who created such imaginative artwork,” Rep. Kelly said. “The judges had a difficult task choosing the best from many remarkable pieces. My thanks also go out to the art teachers for guiding the talent and creativity of their students.”

The second place winner was Loreta Sutkus, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for her piece titled, “Power Up the System.”

The third place winner was Isabel Angulo, of Thornton High School, for “Special Deliveries.” 

Three students received honorable mentions:

  • Nathan Williams, of Bloom Trail High School, for “Fairy Tale.”
  • Ricky Palmer of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “I Came to Meditate to My Flute Music.” 
  • Jamaal Gayles, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “The Shame of Us.”

Twenty-five students representing five high schools and the Tall Grass Arts Association 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.

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