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Bonamici Announces Winner of 2017 Congressional Art Competition

May 9, 2017
Press Release

BEAVERTON, OR [05/09/17]–Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) announced that a panel of artists and art educators selected Jessica Xiao, a student at Beaverton’s Southridge High School, as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s First Congressional District. Xiao’s painting ‘Drowning’ will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. You can download a photo of Congresswoman Bonamici with Xiao here.

“I thank and appreciate all of the talented students who entered their work in the Congressional Art Competition this year,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “My office received more than 60 submissions. Through art, students have an opportunity to express their perspectives, world views, dreams, aspirations, and fears. Congratulations to the winner, Jessica Xiao, for her painting ‘Drowning.’ I look forward to seeing it displayed in the Capitol.”

Students receiving honorable mentions for their artwork include: Iremayowa Olopade from Westview High School for the digital art ‘Iya Ati Omo,’ Jovan LaGrotta from Beaverton High School for the pencil drawing ‘Human,’ and Hanna Lee from Southridge High School for the pastel drawing ‘Sleep Study.’

“Students thrive when they are provided with opportunities to express creativity and think critically," Bonamici continued. “Arts education is a critical component of well-rounded education, and especially important for developing the talent needed for an innovation economy. I am committed to supporting arts education in our schools to excite, encourage, and advance students.”

Every year, the Congressional Art Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in every district throughout the country. Congresswoman Bonamici’s competition is open to students who reside or attend high school in Oregon’s First Congressional District, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia Counties as well as part of Multnomah County. A panel of artists and art educators selected the winner and other honorees. This year, the panel included: Elizabeth Quinn, Creative Director, Caldera Arts; Pippa Arend, Development Director, P:ear; and Diane Dunn, Chair, St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. Xiao’s art will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Congressional Institute will fly Xiao and one guest to Washington D.C. for an award ceremony in June.