May 09 2011

Congressman Courtney visits College to present Congressional Art Awards

Congressman Joe Courtney visited the College on Friday, April 29, to announce the winners of the 2011 Congressional Arts Competition at a gallery showing in Brundage Commons.  The competition was open to all high school students in the Second Congressional District, and required that the work be original.

This year 39 artists submitted work for the competition.  Artists represented seven schools from seven towns across eastern Connecticut: Norwich, Tolland, East Lyme, Woodstock, Enfield, Waterford and Hebron.

Lyme Academy College President Debra Petke introduced Congressman Courtney to the large gathering of high school students and art teachers, parents and friends, and College students and faculty noting, “The College is so happy and proud to be hosting the competition once again.”

Congressman Courtney commented that winning the contest sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus opened up, “A pretty good opportunity for young artists to have their work displayed.”  He explained that the winning entry from each of the 435 Districts in the country is displayed for one year in the tunnel between the House and the Chambers in the United States Capitol, through which, “Tens of thousands of people pass.”

During the five years Congressman Courtney has hosted the competition, eastern Connecticut high school students have submitted hundreds of pieces of artwork. The district winner is awarded roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. to attend the opening of the national exhibit. The winner is also eligible for a $1,500 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Additional artwork from the competition is displayed at the Second Congressional District Office.

The first prize was awarded to Sarah Meade of Norwich Free Academy (NFA) for her “Still Life of Pot,” and the two runners-up awards were given respectively to Jessica Tranan, also of NFA, for “Lines in Thyme,” and Emily Diana of Waterford High School for “Falling to Pieces.”

Congressman Courtney expressed his appreciation to President Petke and the College for hosting the contest.  He described the College as, “An absolutely fabulous institution,” and said the quality of work coming out of the College is consistently, “Terrific.”  He also thanked the two College faculty members who had judged the competition, Peter Zallinger, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Chair of the Faculty Council,  and Nancy Gladwell, Associate Professor of Painting and Foundation.

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