Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recently hosted the annual 28th Congressional District Art Competition Forum and Exhibit and announced that Jennifer Bae’s acrylic painting “Have a Slice” won first place and will be included in the nationwide “Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery” in Washington, D.C.
Bae’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, alongside winners from other Congressional districts throughout the nation. Bae is a senior at Crescenta Valley High School.
Additionally, Schiff announced that Abrielle Marsden’s acrylic painting “Perception,” and Alejandra Santana’s photograph “Sunny Light Up,” won second and third place, respectively. Their artwork will be displayed in Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office and his Burbank District office. Marsden is a junior at Burbank High School and Santana is a senior at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. Schiff also awarded the “People’s Choice” award to Vilen Manukyan for his graphite and acrylic artwork, “Path Behind the Glory.” Manukyan is a junior at the Village Christian School. The artwork will be displayed in Schiff’s Hollywood District office. Over 3,000 constituents voted in the “People’s Choice” online contest this year.
“Each year, it is an honor to see young artists from our community showcase their talent,” Schiff. “Every student involved in this competition deserves recognition and I hope they will continue to enrich our community with their artwork. I want to congratulate this year’s winners, Jennifer, Abrielle, Alejandra and Vilen. I look forward to viewing their art this year in my offices and in the Capitol building.”
The contest judges were Kellye Nakahara Wallett, David Warren and Patricia Peréz. Nakahara Wallett is a watercolor artist known for her role as Nurse Kellye in the television series “M.A.S.H.” Warren is a former member of the board of trustees of the Hollywood Arts Council, and Peréz is a multi-media artist and board member of the Elysian Valley Arts Collective. Forty-three students representing 19 schools submitted entries. Each student participant received a certificate of special congressional recognition. For information, visit schiff.house.gov.
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