This past spring, I encouraged my high school Introduction to Visual Design students to enter the annual Congressional Art Competition. Here is the link for the House's website on the competition. Students may enter an original 2-D artwork to their local congress representative. Each rep chooses one artwork to be hung at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.! I thought it would be a good experience for them to enter. They would learn a little about deadlines and working independently, which for my Freshmen and Sophomores, is a skill they will need later in high school and beyond. I had about 15 artworks submitted! Students got extra credit for simply entering a framed artwork. I was so excited that so many of my kids used their own time to participate.
Madeline Marquart and Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer
In April, we got word that my student Madeline Marquart won the MO-9th District competition! Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer paid for plane tickets for Madeline and her mother, Dawn, to go to Washington D.C. for the show opening reception. The Academic Boosters at our high school was generous enough to help Madeline with some other expenses while she went on the trip. Madeline was also able to take in some of the sights in Washington D.C., visiting many museums, monuments, and even taking a tour of the White House!
Here is a link to her artwork on the House's Website. Her artwork will hang in the Capital for 1 year.
Madeline Marquart and her artwork "Firecrackers!"
This was a once in a lifetime experience for Madeline and will look exceptional on a college application. She was just 15 when she won! I have to say I feel like I won the award too because I am so proud of all my kids just for entering.
Video of the Cannon Tunnel with Madeline's work and other winners across the US.