Hill Announces Winners of 2020 Congressional Art Competition and Fan Favorite Award Recipient

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Washington, May 29, 2020 | comments
Little Rock, Ark. — Today, Rep. French Hill (AR-02) announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition for central Arkansas. This year, Rep. Hill’s office received 44 submissions from high school students in Pulaski, Saline, White, Faulkner, Van Buren, Conway, and Perry counties. 

Judges for the 2020 competition included Donna Uptigrove, Curator of Exhibits at the Historic Arkansas Museum, Michael Warrick, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Matthew Smith, Grants Administrator at the University of Central Arkansas.

The winners were:

First place (pictured below) from LISA Academy West High School – Victoria Macuil – for her work entitled "Superficial."


Second place (pictured below) from Mount St. Mary Academy – Caroline Gunderman – for her work entitled "Focus."


Third place (pictured below) from Vilonia High School – Madison Baker – for her work entitled "Underneath the Pieces."


“Fan Favorite” and Honorable Mention fromCabot High School – Lenora Rowe – for her work entitled "Small Girl Waiting."


Honorable Mention fromLittle Rock Christian Academy – Natalie Corley – for her work entitled “Sinking Deep."


Honorable Mention from Jacksonville High School – Grace Stone – for her work entitled “The Girl with the Rose Eyes."

“The Congressional Art Competition is a special tradition for high school students across central Arkansas, and like many traditions in the face of this public health crisis, we have adapted to ensure it continues. I am constantly impressed by the talented artists right here in central Arkansas, and this year was no exception,” said Rep. Hill.“The winners from across the nation will hang in the Cannon Tunnel through which Members of Congress travel on their way to the House floor to vote. When escorting visitors through this tunnel, I am honored to highlight the incredible talents of Arkansas’s high schools.” 

Background Information:

Each year, high school students from central Arkansas compete to have their art showcased in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will come to Washington, D.C., this summer to attend a reception for all of the Congressional Art Competition winners. On June 3, the winning submission is to be matted, framed, and mailed to Washington, D.C., with student information and release form and tentatively on July 22, there will be a National Congressional Art Competition Reception hosted in Washington, D.C., As in previous years, Southwest Airlines will be providing 2 round trip flight vouchers for the winner to attend the reception.
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