Students’ art displayed in DC
VERMONT - In a Zoom meeting with talented high school artists from across Vermont, Rep. Peter Welch announced the winners of the 41st annual Congressional Art Competition.
Hana Risner, from Brattleboro Union High School, won the Windham County award with “Qualle,” a drawing including colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, and charcoal. Her teacher is Nancy Bushway. Bella Ingegneri, from Arlington Memorial High School, won the Bennington County award with “Pet Names,” a painting including oil, acrylics, and watercolor. Her teacher is Christy Wood. Winners were selected by judges from a field of more than 130 entries from students across Vermont.
The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country. High school students from across the country submit entries to their representatives. Panels of local artists in each congressional district select the winners.
Winning pieces are displayed for a year in the tunnel between the US Capitol and House office buildings, a route traveled daily by members of Congress, their staff, and visitors from around the world.