Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The over-all winner of a district's competition is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity 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.
On May 5, 2014, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) hosted local high school artists in his West Chicago Office for the annual 6th District Congressional Art Competition reception. From dozens of submissions, three students were recognized for their outstanding artistic talent by an independent local judge.
Andra Jankauskaite from Downers Grove North High School was chosen as the overall Sixth District winner for her work, “Disorderly Conduct.” Jankauskaite will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend a national reception and have her work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a full year. As one of only two Merit Winners, Aubrey Saha - also of Downers Grove North High School - will have her artwork displayed in Roskam’s West Chicago District Office for one year. The art was judged by Suzanne Massion, a juried member of Oil Painters of America as well as a member of the Illinois Artisans Program and the DuPage Art League.
“For over 30 years, the Congressional Art Competition has showcased the amazing ability of our nation’s most talented young artists,” said Roskam. “I am always impressed by the creativity and ability these students demonstrate, and this year was no exception. My wife Elizabeth and I truly enjoyed spending the evening with area high school artists, and as an artist herself this competition is near and dear to Elizabeth’s heart. Congratulations to all the artists who participate, and I hope this is just the beginning of their interest and participation in the arts.”
|Andra Jankauskaite and Congressman Peter Roskam. Andra won 1st place for her cubist photograph of Chicago titled "Disorderly Conduct".|
|Aubrey Saha accepted one of the two Merit Awards given for her self portrait titled "Mother Nature".|
|Congressman Roskam hosted the student participants at a reception in his West Chicago District Office.|