2011 STUDENT ART COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 18th Annual 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition.
“This year we celebrate 250 remarkable works of art from 21 schools and educational sites throughout the 34th Congressional District. I am truly proud and honored to represent a district filled with so many gifted students, inspirational teachers, dedicated parents and community-minded organizations and businesses and I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone involved with making this annual event the tremendous success that it is today,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the competition’s honorary chair. “This art competition holds a very special place in my heart. It not only showcases the talents of our young people, but it also demonstrates the positive role the arts play in enhancing their academic achievement, self-confidence and self-esteem. I urge everyone to make the time to view this year’s stunning collection on display at the Pico House Gallery in Downtown through May 8.”
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 Rebecca Rosas from the City of Downey, a junior at Warren High School. Her spray paint on puzzle board piece entitled Autism Speaks, will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Rebecca will receive two airline vouchers to visit Washington, D.C. with a guardian, compliments of Southwest Airlines while the 2011 Organizing Committee will fund a flight for her art instructor, Mr. William Russell. The committee will also provide four day and three night hotel accommodations for all three to attend the June 22nd national exhibit opening. In addition, Rebecca will receive a scholarship, a gift card for art supplies and spending money for her trip to D.C. The image of her 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, Rebecca’s school, Warren High School, has received a $600 gift card to purchase supplies for their art program.
Sydney Solomon from the City of Bellflower, a senior at Mayfair High School was awarded the Honorable Mention Award for his white charcoal piece entitled Despair. Jacqueline Piza from the City of Cudahy, a senior at Elizabeth Learning Center, won the Honorable Mention Award for her magazine and newspaper collage entitled One Bite Could Save Your Life. 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 250 entries submitted for the 18th Annual Student Art Competition are currently on display at the Pico House gallery at the historical Olvera Street site until Sunday, May 8th. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, also known as Olvera Street, is located near 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.