Michaela Jenkins of Palmdale earned a trip to Washington D.C. after winning the eighth annual Congressional Art Competition hosted by FastFrame Valencia back in May.
The Congressional Art Competition is a national event that is put on in every Congressional District in the United States. One winner is selected from each district and has their winning piece put on display for one year in Washington D.C.
Our local Congressional Art Competition is put on by Congressman Buck McKeon as well as KHTS AM-1220 radio. Each year the competition takes place at FastFrame Valencia where a winner is chosen to display their work in our nation's Capital. This was actually the first year that our Congressional Art Competition winner came from outside of Santa Clarita.
The 17-year-old’s portrait painting of a great-grandfather earned her a spot among art entries from students throughout the United States.
“I never got to meet him,” Jenkins said. “I developed a love for him by painting him.”
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She based the painting off of an old Christmas portrait of him, and actually had to cut out her great-grandmother to properly proportion the image.
This was the home-schooled senior’s first time entering the competition as well as her first attempt at a watercolor portrait.
Jenkins has taken about nine years of art classes, and spent around 80 hours spread over a few months working on the winning entry.
“It gets pretty monotonous painting the same thing every day,” Jenkins admitted.
Her hard work clearly paid off however, as this painting is now on display at the Cannon Tunnel in the Capitol, where it will remain until next year’s competition takes place and new works of art are selected. Several important members of government pass through this underground passage every day, so her painting will be seen by some of the top politicians in the country over the next year.
This was Jenkins second trip to D.C., and she enjoyed being able to spend some time seeing the various monuments and landmarks. Michaela and her mother were flown to Washington D.C. courtesy of Southwest Airlines who graciously supplies tickets to the local winners each year.
A ceremony was also held for all of the artists, who were excited to see their various works hanging upon arrival.
“We showed up and it was already hanging up on the wall,” Jenkins added.
The ceremony was enjoyable and relaxing, and included a professional artist who painted in front of all of the students. Everyone was “accommodating and very considerate throughout the trip”, which surely made this a nice experience for the young artists.
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Now that Jenkins has completed high school, she has decided to go into the field of science but still wants to keep painting as her hobby.
“I’ll continue doing art on the side, because I really love it,” she said.
To view Jenkins’ winning piece as well as other local contestant’s entries, search “Congressional Art” on the award-winning KHTS website .
All 2013 finalists and a copy of Michaela's work will be put on display at Santa Clarita City Hall later this summer, which will again be covered by KHTS news.
Next year's Congressional Art Competition will take place in May of 2014. It is open to all high school students in Congressman McKeon's district. For further information contact KHTS Radio at (661) 298-1220 or Congressman McKeon's Valencia office at (661) 254-2111.
The other Santa Clarita finalists work can be seen here .
Seventeen-Year-Old Congressional Art Contest Winner Visits D.C.
Article: Seventeen-Year-Old Congressional Art Contest Winner Visits D.C. 
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Joseph Anderson