Cindy Lam, a 10th-grader at DuBois Area High School has won first place in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson.
Lam, of DuBois, won for her prismacolor pencil drawing titled “Self.” An independent panel of judges selected Lam’s work from a record 68 entries, which is one of the largest groups of students to participate in Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth Congressional District Art Competition. Lam’s art teacher is Jennifer Gaston.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.
Lam’s artwork will be displayed in a special exhibit in the U.S. Capitol for one year with winners from each congressional district in the nation. She is invited to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. with other winners. The reception will take place in June.
“Congratulations to Cindy Lam on winning First Place in the annual Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition,” Rep. Thompson said. “It will be great to see her work hang in the tunnel to the Capitol with winners from throughout the country. It is a fantastic year-long exhibit. This was one of our largest competitions, and I am proud of each of the 68 contestants.”
Gaston noted that several other students participated in the 2019 Congressional Art show and competition. Robin Craig’s students, Grace Lindstrom, an 11th grader, and Paige Petrillo, a 12th grader, and Gaston’s students, Alexia Forbes, grade 11, and Jaede Duran, grade 12, submitted two-dimensional work ranging from drawings in graphite and colored pencil to paintings and shadow boxes.
Lindstrom’s painting of her cat received an honorable mention.
“The folks at the Winkler indicated that this was the strongest show they have had in the history of the contest, with 78 pieces submitted from secondary schools throughout the 15th congressional district,” said Gaston. “We are incredibly proud of our students’ work ethic, persistence and talent.”
For the first time, Rep. Thompson will host a “People’s Choice Award” contest on Facebook that will allow individuals to vote for their favorite work on social media. The photograph with the most “likes” will be named the People’s Choice Award Winner. The week-long competition starts at noon on Thursday, May 9 and ends at noon on Thursday, May 16.
The winners were announced Saturday during an exhibit at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois.
Other winners included:
- Second place winner is Nolan Burgess, of Pleasant Gap, a student at Bellefonte Area High School. For his work, “Up Close” – graphite. His teacher is Heather Fry.
- Third place winner is Shane Krizmanich, of Dayton, a student at West Shamokin High School for “Cosmic Leapfrog” – acrylic. His teacher is Kimberly Barnett.
- Fourth place winner is Karly Maslonisk, of Ebensburg, a student at Cambria Heights High School for her work, “Overtaken” – acrylic. Her teacher is Kady Manifest.