Among four student award winners in Ohio’s 15th district Congressional Art Competition are two Clinton-Massie student artists, including the first-place winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.
Brian Poston of Clinton-Massie High School won first place for his artwork titled “I am just a canvas”. As the overall winner, “I am just a canvas” will be displayed inside the U.S. Capitol building for one year, and Poston will be invited to Washington, D.C for a national reception.
Kayla Wilson of Clinton-Massie High School received the People’s Choice Award for her work titled “Mustangs”.
The People’s Choice winner was selected by Ohio 15th District constituents through a Facebook competition on U.S. Rep. Mike Carey’s page.
“I would like to congratulate the winners of our Congressional Art Competition, and thank every student who participated,” Carey said. “My office received more than 70 amazing pieces of art from 65 students whose artistic talents are truly remarkable.”
An awards ceremony was held at Open Door Art Studio in Columbus on May 6 where participating students were recognized, and the winners were announced.
Lynsay VanHoose of Logan Elm High School won second place for her piece titled “Reflections of my childhood”. Kelsey Whittington of Logan Elm High School won third place for her work titled “Memories”.
“Reflections of my childhood”, “Memories”, and CM student Kayla Wilson’s “Mustangs” will hang in one of Carey’s district offices throughout 2022.
The winning artwork was chosen by a panel of judges: The Ohio State University Department of Art Chair Laura Lisbon, Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Angela Meleca, Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities artist Jonathan Mullins, and Open Door Art Studio artist Samantha Perry.
The Congressional Art Competition began 40 years ago in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.