Congressman Joe Courtney was the honored guest at the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for Connecticut’s Second Congressional District at a reception and exhibit hosted by the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme on Friday, April 30, 2010.
High schools students from throughout Connecticut’s Second Congressional District submitted entries for the competition and Congressman Courtney announced the winners during the reception. The overall winner was Chelsea Glover of Woodstock, whose drawing entitled, The Player will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the United States Capitol with congressional office buildings, along with the work of the winners from each congressional district nationwide.
The district winner is also awarded roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. to attend the opening of the national exhibit, and winner is also eligible for two $5,000 scholarships to art college, including Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Honorable Mentions were given to Alexander Copeland and Brett Desrosiers also from Woodstock, and Julia Berry from Montville. Their award-winning art will be displayed in Congressman Courtneyís Second District Office in Norwich for one year.
During his remarks prior to presenting the awards, Congressman Courtney commented on the extraordinary talent displayed by the young student artists and noted that tens of thousands of visitors to Congress will have the opportunity to see the winning works. He then described Lyme Academy College as “a real treasure,” adding that the leadership of President Debra Petke has made “a big difference” with applications to the College up by 70% for the coming year.
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Congressional Arts Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. The exhibition, entitled “An Artistic Discovery” features exceptional art work from all 435 congressional districts. The competition was created in an effort to recognize the creative talents of young Americans on a national scale.
Entries were judged by a two-person jury made up of faculty members from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Shira Avidor, Assistant Chair of Painting, and Peter Zallinger, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing.