WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Columbus) today congratulated Lydia Hageman, Katie Davis , Lea Craig and McKinley Law for placing in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition. The competition awards ceremony was held at The Columbus Museum of Art on April 24, 2014 and there were 296 pieces of artwork under consideration for the top prize.
“We had a record-breaking turnout of high school students participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition and I congratulate all of our award winning artists,” Stivers said. “I would also like to thank all of the students who participated in the competition; it was their artwork that made the event a success.”
Lydia Hageman was the first-place winner of the competition. As the first-place winner Hageman will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She also will be awarded a trip Washington, D.C. to attend a reception and to see her artwork hung inside the Capitol building. She is the daughter of Cathy Hageman and is a junior at Circleville High School. Her first-place piece of art was a silkscreen acrylic of a dancer on canvas titled “Dancer.”
Katie Davis won second place in the competition and her art will be displayed in Stivers’ Washington D.C. Office for one year. She is the daughter of Doug and Karen Davis and is a junior at Wilmington High School. Her award-winning work of art is an untitled self-portrait drawn in colored pencil.
Lea Craig was named the third-place winner in the competition and her artwork will be hung in Stivers’ District Office for a year. Craig is the daughter of Timothy and Dusti Craig and is a senior at Circleville High School. Her work of art is titled “Gourds” and is a watercolor sampling of gourds from The Circleville Pumpkin Show.
McKinley Law, the daughter of Greg and Kim Law and a sophomore at Wilmington High School, was the People’s Choice Award Winner. The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook Page. As the People’s Choice winner Law’s work of art will be displayed in Stivers’ District Office for a year. Her award-winning piece was titled “McKinley Law” and was an OSIR color photograph of the beach at sunrise.
The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since that time, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.