Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a reception last night for the students of Virginia’s 10th district who submitted entries into the annual Congressional Art Competition. The reception was hosted at George Washington University’s campus in Ashburn, where the artwork is currently on display.
“I’ve been so incredibly impressed to see all of the beautiful work created by the 191 young artists from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District who participated this year,” said Congresswoman Wexton. “This is a time to recognize the importance of the arts and how the Congressional Art Competition has fostered creative expression for 38 years. I want to say thank you to all of our young artists who contributed to this exhibit, and congratulations to Joanna Rivera Tan for winning Best in Show for her mixed media piece, ‘Azalea’.”
Congresswoman Wexton received approximately 235 pieces of artwork including paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, digital art, and print-making from 191 artists.
A distinguished panel of judges, including professional local artists, selected Joanna Rivera Tan’s mixed media piece, “Azalea” as “Best in Show” to be hung in the U.S. Capitol beginning in June.
Additionally, Christian Calma’s photography piece "Isibonelo" was chosen as an “Honorable Mention”, and will hang in the Congresswoman’s Capitol Hill office.
All of the artwork will continue to be on display in Enterprise Hall at the George Washington University campus in Ashburn, Virginia, until May 9th.
The full program with the list of 2019 Congressional Art Competition award winners can be found here.