WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today released the following statement announcing the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for Virginia's 5th District. You may view all artwork entered into the competition HERE:
This spring, students from across Central and Southside Virginia submitted their artwork for the 32nd Annual Congressional Art Competition for the opportunity to represent the 5th District in our nation's Capitol with their artistic gifts and talents. A panel of judges from the District, who ranged from professional photographers to college art instructors and art enthusiasts, decided the winner. The Honorary Co-Chairs of the Art Advisory Committee for 2013 are The Honorable and Mrs. Charles R. Hawkins.
I am pleased to announce this year's First Place winner is Finley Broaddus from Warrenton, Virginia. Finley is a junior at Highland School and submitted her artwork, completed with marker and colored pencil, entitled "Vint Hill Church." Her artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol until May of 2014, earning her the opportunity to have her talents witnessed by the thousands of people who visit our nation's Capitol each year. Finley will attend a reception in Washington, D.C., where she will be honored along with all first place winners from across the country.
Responding to the announcement of being selected First Place, Finley Broaddus said, "I'm so excited to have won the 5th District Art Competition. I was looking for a church with church bells in the steeple to draw for my music concentration for my AP Drawing class, but I chose to draw the Vint Hill Church steeple because I thought the contrast between the old church and the modern speakers was so interesting. I'm grateful for the support of Karen Stinnett, my art teacher at Highland School, who encouraged me to enter the Competition. It is an honor to have my art work hung in the Capitol."
Hannah Brock, a freshman from Madison County High School, won Second Place for her oil pastel & acrylic painting, "Road to America," and Third Place went to the oil painting "Out on the Farm" by Shanda Scolpini, a sophomore from Chatham High School. Ryan Jones, a junior at Western Albemarle High School, received Honorable Mention for his digital photograph, "Jackson Portrait."
Congratulations to Finley Broaddus on receiving First Place out of 35 submissions for this year's Art Competition. I was impressed with all of the art submitted and enjoyed seeing the creativity of each artist.
I would like to thank all of the students who participated in this great competition and who are contributing to the creative culture of our communities throughout the 5th District.