2014 Congressional Art Contest Winners To Be Announced By FastFrame, KHTS
This afternoon, Valencia FastFrame and KHTS-AM 1220 will announce live on the air the winners of the ninth annual Congressioanl Art Competition on Wednesday, starting with a live broadcast at 4:30 p.m.
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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.
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.
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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.”
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 onpaint the winning entry.
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 this year’s winner is announced.
Several important members of government pass through this underground passage every day, so her painting has been seen by some of the top politicians in the country.
Here are the rules the young artists had to abide by:
The competition was only open to students in grades 9-12.
Art pieces had to be two-dimensional and conform to the official guidelines.
The artwork must be two-dimensional.
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- Each piece can be no larger than 28”x28”x4” - including the frame.
- Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
- Work entered must be original.
- All work submitted must be framed or have reinforced backing and be ready to hang on the exhibition wall.
The following types of art media are accepted.
- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
- Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer generated art
Several SCV students have won the 25th District competition in the past, including Yeon Whan Yoon and Laura Peskay from Hart High School, Marissa Embola from Saugus High School and Tyler Recchia and Lindsey Bos from Valencia High School.