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 51 submissions from high school students in Pulaski, Saline, White, Faulkner, Van Buren, Conway, and Perry counties.
“Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Congressional Art Competition – a tradition that gives our central Arkansas students the ability to showcase their unique artistic skills. This year, I was impressed by the 51 submissions and the involvement by our communities as well as the incredible talent and abilities of these students,” said Rep. Hill. “The art competition winner will have their work displayed in the Cannon House Office Building Tunnel, which leads to the Capitol building. Members of Congress, Capitol visitors, and I walk the tunnel throughout the day, and I am proud that the hard work of central Arkansas student artists will be displayed for representatives across the country to see.”
Judges for the 2021 competition included Donna Uptigrove, Deputy Director at the Historic Arkansas Museum and Matthew Smith, Grants Administrator at the University of Central Arkansas, and Congressman Hill's staff.
The First Place winner will have their artwork displayed at the U.S. Capitol from October 2021 through March 2022.
Our Fan Favorite Award was continued this year with over 2,200 votes being cast online by constituents in central Arkansas. With 1,412 votes, Emily Roach was the overwhelming favorite with her work entitled “No Justice, No Peace”. The Fan Favorite artwork will hang in Congressman Hill’s Little Rock District Office.
The winners were:
First place (pictured below) from Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts – Daye Catherine Kwon – for her work entitled "Burnout."
Second place (pictured below) from Greenbrier High School – Alyson Fowlkes – for her work entitled "Highland."
Third place (pictured below) from Episcopal Collegiate School – Jimin Clara Park – for her work entitled "Forever My Special Hero, I Will Walk This Path With You."
from Maumelle High School – Kristopher McNeal
– for his work entitled "Oreo."
Honorable Mention from Greenbrier High School – Alexis Parris – for her work entitled “Kyndal."
Honorable Mention and “Fan Favorite”
from Mount St. Mary Academy – Emily Roach
– for her work entitled “No Justice, No Peace."
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.to attend a reception for all the Congressional Art Competition winners from across the country. The reception date is to be determined. Art intake will begin in August 2021 and the Art Show Display Period will run from October 2021 through March 2022. As in previous years, Southwest Airlines will be providing 2 round trip flight vouchers for the winner and a guest to attend the reception.