(MONTGOMERY, AL) – This week, Rep. Martha Roby recognized both the winner and runner-up for the Second District 2012 Congressional Art Competition. In a ceremony at Booker T. Washington High School, Roby honored competition winner Markell Houser and competition runner-up Seon Jung Jang for their winning art pieces that they entered in the art competition.
Both the winner and runner-up for the Second District Congressional Art Competition are art students attending Booker T. Washington High School.
The art competition winner, Markell Houser, won for his oil painting entitled: “The Eggs.” Houser’s artwork will display in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year and will compete for the National Congressional Art Award. Seon Jung Jang “Jenny,” received the honor of runner-up for her color pencil art entitled: “A Birdcage of Feathers.”
Jang’s artwork will display in Roby’s Washington, D.C., office for one year. The Second District art entries were independently judged.
“This competition is an amazing opportunity for the artistic students of our district to showcase their talent,” said Rep. Roby.
“It is a great vehicle to challenge students and motivate their creative abilities. I congratulate both Markell and Jenny on this honor and am delighted for the occasion to recognize their well-earned accomplishments.”
“In our schools, at home, and in our communities we need to foster an environment that encourages students to hone their talents and skills.
Therefore, I also extend a big thanks to Booker T. Washington High School art teacher, Rachel Dudley, for providing a stellar art program in which our students can excel.”
Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nation-wide high school arts competition.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide a process for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
The Competition is open to all high school students in the Second District. The winner of the district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and compete for the National Congressional Art Award.
The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
Description of photos attached:
Congressional Art Winner 1: Rep. Roby standing with art competition winner, Markell Houser, who won for his oil painting entitled: “The Eggs.”
Congressional Art Winner 2: Rep. Roby standing Seon Jung Jang “Jenny,” who received the honor of runner-up for her color pencil art entitled: “A Birdcage of Feathers.”
Congressional Art Winner 3: Rep. Roby standing with the winner and runner-up.
Congressional Art Winner 4: Rep. Roby, Houser, and Jang standing with Booker T. Washington High School art teacher Rachel Dudley (far left) and school principal Quesha Starks (far right)