"I am really excited to be given the honor of having my work displayed in the Capitol Building, as I really feel it is important to have young artists represented and given a platform that encourages them to continue making art,” noted Brooke Connolly '17
For her color photograph, titled "Red Light; Green Light," Brooke Connolly '17, recently received first-place honors in the 2017 High School Congressional Art Competition, a showcase for young artists from North Carolina's Fourth District.
In capturing top honors in the competition, part of a nationwide high school visual art contest, Connolly will receive round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. to attend a congressional reception in June. Her work will be showcased for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building.
"I am really excited to be given the honor of having my work displayed in the Capitol Building, as I really feel it is important to have young artists represented and given a platform that encourages them to continue making art," noted Connolly. She will be attending NC State next year and plans to study Fashion Design.
Connolly's piece will replace the work of last year's first-place winner, Gibbons alumna Julia McGillicuddy, Rebecca Dason, chair of the Fine Arts Department, said and added, "It is nice that we have this tradition of support for the arts."
Isabella Salazar '18 won second-place honors in the competition for her chalk pastel drawing, titled "Face It." Of receiving the award Salazar said: "I feel extremely blessed and grateful to have received such an amazing award. I was speechless when I found out that it will be displayed in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman David Price (NC-04), especially since the face I drew is of my Mom who had just received her U.S. citizenship exactly a week before!"
Along with Brooke and Isabella, five other Gibbons students participated in the competition. They are seniors Brian Spangler and Brynn McDonald, juniors Chloe DeHart and Sarah Meyer, and sophomore Payton Kaeding.
The Congressional Art Competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated.