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Downtown Los Angeles, April 17, 2010 | Helen Machado (202 225-1766) | comments

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th Annual 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition.

“I urge everyone to see for themselves the more than 200 pieces of inspiring student artwork on display at the Pico House Gallery in Downtown through May 17,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who is the competition’s honorary chair.  “While the mediums and topics vary dramatically, each entry offers a glimpse into the hearts and minds of gifted students from throughout the 34th District whose hard work and creativity enable them to communicate with others through their meaningful artwork.  I am so proud of all of them.  I am also extremely grateful to the many dedicated parents, art teachers, community-minded businesses and organizations, without whom this art competition – launched in 1994 with only 17 entries – would not be the growing annual success that it is today.  By supporting our students and this competition, they have all made a lasting contribution in the lives of these talented students and helped us all to appreciate, once again, that when given the right opportunities the possibilities for our youth are boundless.”

Each art entry is judged on four criteria: originality, technical skill, artistic presentation and use of color and contrast.

The First Place Award went to Veraphum Chaiyakam of Downey, a senior at Warren High School.  His prisma color pencils, pen, ink, vellum, and newspaper piece entitled Human Nature, will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  Veraphum will receive two airline vouchers to travel to Washington, D.C. with a guardian as well as a flight for his art instructor, Ms. Nadia Opkins.  The committee will also provide four day and three night hotel accommodations for all three to attend the June 17th national exhibit opening.  In addition, Veraphum will receive a scholarship, gift card for art supplies and spending money for his trip to D.C.  The image of his winning piece has been printed on two thousand posters representing the competition, which will be distributed throughout the year to promote the competition.  To support the arts, Veraphum’s high school, Warren High School, has received a $600 gift card to purchase supplies for their art program.
Four additional student finalists were also awarded.  Warren High School senior Alexis Chanes of Downey, won Second Place for her digital photography piece entitled, Ethereal Animals.  Alexis won a scholarship and a gift card for art supplies while Alexis’ school received a $500 gift card for art supplies.  Angel Lopez also of Downey, a senior at Downey High School won Third Place with his prisma color pencils and graphite piece entitled, Through the Eyes of Tomorrow.  Angel won a scholarship and a gift card for art supplies.  Angel’s high school received a $400 gift card to purchase supplies for their art program.

Jamilet Bautista of Bell, a senior at Maywood Academy High School was awarded an Honorable Mention Award for her acrylic painting entitled Mama is Always Here...  Danielle Andalon of Downey, a junior at Warren High School, won the Honorable Mention Award for her oil pastel painting entitled Own Little World.  Each of the honorable mention recipients won a scholarship and a gift card for art supplies.  A $300 gift card for art supplies was also awarded to each of the student’s school that placed as an honorable mention.  The second, third, and honorable mention winners will have their artwork displayed in Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s District Office for one year following the month-long exhibit at the Pico House gallery.  In addition to the finalists’ prizes, each school that submitted five or more entries will receive a $100 gift card to purchase supplies for their art program.

All 217 entries submitted for the 17th Annual Student Art Competition are currently on display at the Pico House gallery at the historical Olvera Street site until May 17th.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, also known as Olvera Street, is located in Downtown Los Angeles between Main and Los Angeles streets and the 101 Freeway and Cesar Chavez Avenue.  Entrance is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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