Union Co. students among winners in Congressional Art Competition | Arts & Culture
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), has announced the winners of the annual 'An Artistic Discovery' Congressional Art Competition. Winners from the First Congressional District of Kentucky are Sarah M. Bickett, Justin Cunningham, and Elijah Ervin. Two of the students are from Union County.
Sarah, a junior at Union County High School, won the competition between students in the First Congressional District of Kentucky. Her work is entitled “Kickin’ It in Kentucky.” Sara is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Bickett, Jr. of Morganfield.
Sarah’s art teacher at Union County High School is Becky Goodman. Her work will be presented at a reception on June 20, 2012 and then placed in the Capitol Complex for viewing, along with the winners from other Congressional districts around the country.
The 2nd Place winner is Justin T. Cunningham, a sophomore at Christian County High School. His entry is entitled “Mean Marine” and is a pencil drawing. It is a portrait of a Marine with an American flag in the background.
Another Union County High School student took 3rd place in this year’s competition, Elijah Ervin. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ervin of Morganfield. Elijah’s entry is entitled “My Old Kentucky Home.” It is a mixed media piece on canvas with acrylic created from sheet music, piano keys, piano hammers and other items. Justin and Elijah’s work will be displayed in Rep. Whitfield’s Hopkinsville office.
This year’s competition drew a record number of entries. The works were judged in Rep. Whitfield’s Hopkinsville office by Mrs. Carolyn Self and Ms. Laurel King.
“I congratulate Sarah, Justin and Elijah on their outstanding entries in this year’s competition,” Whitfield said. “Every day as I pass these works of art on my way to the Capitol, I continue to be impressed with the outstanding work these students create. It is truly an honor to represent such talented young people from Kentucky.”
The Congressional Arts Competition is an annual, nationwide contest sponsored by Members of Congress to showcase the talent of their creative high school constituents. Submissions from winning artists will hang in a part of the Capitol complex known as the Cannon Tunnel - a walkway connecting the House office buildings with the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Visitors Center. Members of Congress along with congressional staff and countless visitors travel this corridor daily, enabling the selected artworks to be viewed by a truly nationwide audience.
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