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Congressman Taylor Announces Winner of VA-02 Congressional Art Competition

May 12, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

On Thursday evening, May 11, 2017, Congressman Taylor announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which was hosted in conjunction with the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. A three-person panel composed of faculty members from the Art Institute awarded Amanda Ward, a junior at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, first place for her work titled, “Calming the Crashing.” Her artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Since the competition began, over half a million students have participated across the country. This is a great opportunity that encourages young artists to explore their creative interests and get involved in their communities,” said Congressman Taylor. “A big thank-you to President Burstein of the Institute for hosting the event, the panel for volunteering their time to review the artwork, and most importantly the students from across our district.”

This year, approximately 46 students from Virginia’s Second Congressional District participated in the Congressional Art Competition. The runners-up included Senior Mary Cochran of Princess Anne High School, and Sophomore Rachel Siu from Poquoson High School. Their artwork will be displayed in the Washington DC office and the Virginia Beach district office for the next year.