U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (District 27) recently announced the first, second, and third place winners of her office’s Congressional Art Competition. Eleven student artists submitted impressive works of art in consideration for the Artistic Discovery competition that has been presented by the House since 1982.

The congresswoman hosted a showcase of all the entries at her Miami district office earlier in May. The event was attended by the artists, their teachers and family members. She congratulated each artist and glowingly remarked about their considerable accomplishments.

The first place winner’s artwork will be displayed in the Capitol complex while the artwork of the second and third place will be displayed in Ros-Lehtinen’s Miami or Washington, DC offices. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s office holds the Congressional Art Competition annually in order to promote South Florida’s young talent.

Each spring the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Since 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit their work to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning artwork. Winners receive recognition in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Students interested in participating in the 2017 competition should contact their representative to confirm their district’s participation and obtain specific guidance. Work must be two-dimensional; be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick when framed; weigh 15 pounds or less, including frame; and be original in concept, design, and execution and not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

The winners are:

First place winner: Head in the Clouds, Lea Broudo, Ransom Everglades High School

Second place winner: Alligator, Anthony Ara, Miami Senior High School

Third place winner: Ends to Beginnings, Andrea Ordonez, Miami Killian Senior High School

As noted by the Congresswoman: “As a former Florida certified teacher, I know that encouraging the next generation of South Floridians to be active in the arts adds another level of vibrancy to our community. So many wonderful high school students have submitted works of art for this competition and each one deserves praise for creating an original piece. Miami’s burgeoning arts scene has become world-famous and I’m proud of each of these
young artists.”



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