Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall declared the winners of the Seventh District's annual Congressional Art Competition. Carolyn Li, a homeschooled student through the SKA Academy, was this year's first place winner with her work titled "Rough Hands." Lambert High School's Breanna Grzybowski came in second with her work "Colorful Summer Day." And in third place was Ziru Hu, another homeschooled student through the SKA Academy, with her work titled "Still Life - Chocolate." In the Constituents' Choice Award portion of the competition, Lambert High School's Sudeeksha Vontimitta earned 27 percent of the popular vote and was declared the winner with her work titled "Cold Moon."
"While the virus was closing down schools and keeping our students homebound, their creative talents continued to flourish," said Rep. Woodall. "This year's competition had over 100 submissions, and each of them displayed the incredible talent of our high school artists. I would like to thank these students throughout the district for their participation and extend my sincerest congratulations to this year's winners."
Each spring, the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives host the nationwide Congressional Art Competition for high school students as an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the nation. Unlike years past, participants this year submitted their artwork digitally and the panel of judges, made up of artists from the 7th District, made their decisions by reviewing the work online. Winners get their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside artwork from other participating districts from around the country. This year's Seventh District winner will also receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
"The Congressional Art Competition attracts a lot of young and talented students," said David Cook, a judge in this year's competition. "I was very impressed. I always look for things to amaze me. I also look to see how an artist depicts what may be going on in real-life. The self-portraits certainly did that."
"I have seen the wonders this program has done for my students these past few years," said Leng Kar Chang, Principal at the SKA Academy of Art and Design. "It has given support and instilled confidence in my students -- and all students alike -- because they finally feel that their art is equally as important."