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June 5, 2012 > Student's artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitol

Student's artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitol

By Maya Litvak, Photo courtesy of Sakura of America

Local Irvington High School student Angela Chen has been selected by a panel of judges as a winner in the U.S. Congressional Art Competition. Since 1982, the Congressional Institute has been sponsoring this nationwide high school visual arts competition each spring to encourage and recognize artistic talent. This competition provides members of Congress with a splendid opportunity to celebrate the artistic talent among their young constituents.

Chen has been creating artwork since the age of five, and is currently working with Professor Bao Ping Chen of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The Art Competition chooses a single winner from each district within the states. Chen was selected as the champion of the Thirteenth Congressional District in California, represented by Congressman Pete Stark.

She, like the 650,000 students before her, submitted her entry to her representative's office. Her piece is a self-portrait drawn entirely with colored pencils, and is inspired by a photo taken of her while she was in New York. A panel of local artists chose her drawing to be the winner from the Thirteenth District.

Sakura of America, headquartered in Hayward, has been providing "student awards," in the form of art material supplies for the 13th US Congressional District's annual Congressional Art Contest, since 1993.

When Chen heard the news of her recognition, she exclaimed, "I was very excited when I heard that I had won the competition, and overwhelmed when I was presented with the plane tickets." The winner from each state is awarded two free tickets for a trip to attend the artists' reception in Washington D.C.

While there, Chen met Congressman Pete Stark and experienced the unique opportunity of having her winning artwork professionally framed and hung in the nation's capitol where it will remain for a full year. Chen feels extremely honored to have her work displayed in the capitol, and is very appreciative of the opportunity of meeting and speaking with Congressman Pete Stark. She would also like to thank her teachers Mrs. Kim Parker and Mr. Tully Mintey for their support and wisdom throughout the competition.

Chen is determined to attend an art school and major in a field relating to Entertainment Design and Concept Art. She plans on pursuing a career in the videogame and movie industries, creating characters, vehicles, and environments. Congratulations, Angela!

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