Bonamici Announces Winner of 2013 Congressional Art Competition
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has announced that Mary Root, a student at Saint Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon, is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s 1st Congressional District.
“Mary’s artwork will soon hang in the halls of Congress with other works of art from students around the country,” said Bonamici. “I am proud of all of the student artists who submitted their work for consideration. All of the pieces were excellent, and demonstrate creativity and talent; the local artists who chose the winning piece had a tough decision to make. I look forward to sponsoring this competition in the years ahead, and continuing to support the arts in our schools.”
Mary’s artwork is a digital photo titled “Love is Electrifying.” She took the photo at the Newport Aquarium, and it features overlapping brightly-colored jellyfish tentacles in the shape of a heart. The piece was one of seven entries submitted and considered by a panel of local artists. A painting by Jennifer Manning, a student at Jesuit High School in Portland, was a “fan favorite,” receiving the highest number of votes on Bonamici’s official Facebook page.
Congress started the Congressional Art Competition in 1982. The competition involves thousands of high school students from across the nation. Every year, one piece of artwork from each participating congressional district is displayed for the year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. This year, Congresswoman Bonamici and Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) are co-chairing the competition. The winners are invited to visit Washington, D.C. in the spring to see their art on display.