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Downey Art Competition Winner Visits DC

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Washington, June 24, 2010 | Helen Machado (202 225-1766) | comments

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) welcomed 18-year-old Veraphum Chaiyakam of Downey to our nation’s capital to celebrate the opening of the Congressional Art Competition exhibit, "An Artistic Discovery."  Veraphum (shown to the left of his artwork hanging in the Capitol Building) won first place in the 17th Annual 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition chaired by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. 

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Art Instructor Nadia Opkins; Aattaya Chaiyakam; Veraphum Chaiyakam; his artwork; Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34); and Andrew Nguyen. 

A recent graduate of Warren High School, Veraphum’s artwork created with prisma color pencils, pen, ink, vellum, and newspaper entitled Human Nature will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  As this year’s winner, Veraphum received 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 art competition committee also provided four day and three night hotel accommodations for three of them to visit the national exhibit that opened June 17.  In addition, Veraphum received 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.

During their visit to Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard hosted lunch for the group in the Members Dining Room of the U.S. Capitol.  They were also given a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building by a member of the congresswoman’s staff.

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