Congressman Waxman was delighted to host a reception on April 30, 2013 honoring the 28 high school students from the 33rd Congressional District who participated in the 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition. It was a terrific event and all the artwork submitted was truly remarkable.
This year’s reception was hosted by the City of Manhattan Beach and held at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center, located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, California, who graciously has offered to keep the artwork on display through Thursday, May 16, 2013.
First launched in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is an annual event in every congressional district involving hundreds of thousands of high school students. The first place winner from each Congressional District receives two round trip tickets to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, and has the opportunity to attend a June reception where their artwork will be hung in the United States Capitol, where it will remain on display for a year.
Judging this year’s competition were Kim Kovacs from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Patricia Ancona from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Peter Demaria, from the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) School of Design.
Congratulations to this year’s first place winner, Jai Won Shin, an 11th grader from South Torrance High School, for her beautiful artwork entitled “Watching from A Distance.” Earning second place was Joseph Lee, a 10th grader at West High School for his piece, “Seize Love.” Megan Kim and Kelly Lim from Torrance High School tied for third place with their respective pieces, “Colorful Dreams” and “Keeping the Memories Alive.” Joseph, Megan, and Kelly’s artwork will be on display in Congressman Waxman’s two district offices. An additional congratulations goes to Jennifer Choi whose piece, “Liberty For All” won honorable mention.
Group Photo from the 2013 Congressional Art Competition Reception
First Place Winner, Jai Won Shin, 11th Grade, South Torrance High School, “Watching from A Distance”
Manhattan Beach City Council Member Wayne Powell, UCLA Federal Relations & Competition Judge Kim Kovacs, Congressman Waxman, Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser, Competition Judge Peter DeMaria
Staff of the City of Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center
*The artwork will be on display for 2 weeks at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center (Now - May 16th)