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Meng Announces Winner of Congressional Art Contest

May 7, 2018
Press Release
Competition consisted of entries from Queens high school students; winner to be honored by Congresswoman in Washington, D.C. this summer and have artwork displayed in U.S. Capitol

QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that Mofan Chen, a senior at St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, has been selected as the winner of the Congresswoman’s annual Congressional district art contest.

The competition, which consisted of entries from Queens high school students, is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” the national art contest sponsored each year by the House of Representatives that showcases the artwork of all Congressional district art contest winners from across the nation. 
Beginning this June, Chen’s winning artwork – along with the winning pieces from art contests in Congressional districts throughout the United States – will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol.  
Chen will also be awarded two round-trip airplane tickets to Washington, D.C. – courtesy of Southwest Airlines – to join Meng at the opening ceremonies of the national art competition. The ceremony, scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill in June, will recognize Chen’s artistic talents as well as the talents of other young artists who won Congressional district art contests.
In addition, Chen, and the winners of each contest, will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Chen is seeking to major in art and design in college.
Chen won the competition for his acrylic drawing entitled “Facing the World.” Meng announced him as the winner during a reception she hosted for students and their families, art teachers, principals and school administrators. It was held at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where all of the submitted artwork had been on display.
In addition to Chen, Meng announced second and third place winners whose artwork will be displayed in the Congresswoman’s offices. These students include:
  • Second Place Winner
- April Mendiola, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst whose artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Third Place Winners
- Xin Qing Shi, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst whose artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Flushing office.
- Thomas Jankowski, a student at the Lowell School in Flushing whose artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Forest Hills office.
Meng presented all the students who entered with certificates of Congressional recognition.
Entries were submitted in several mediums including paintings (oil, watercolors, acrylic, etc.), collages, drawings and prints (lithographs, silk screens, etc.).
The judges consisted of officials and staff members from the Queens Museum.
“I am proud to congratulate Mofan Chen for winning this year’s contest,” said Rep. Meng. “He is an impressive and talented artist and I look forward to his winning entry being on display for all who visit the Capitol. I also applaud all the students who submitted artwork for the competition. They are the future artists of our country and I’m proud of each and every one of them.”
“Winning Congresswomen Meng’s art contest is a huge honor and I thank the judges for selecting my artwork as the winning entry,” said Mofan Chen. “I am excited about my piece hanging in the Capitol of the United States, and I look forward to traveling to Washington for the opening ceremonies of the art competition.”
The Artistic Discovery contest was launched in 1982 for Members of Congress to showcase the artistic work of high school students from around the nation. Since it began, more than 650,000 high school students from throughout the United States have participated in the competition.
Congresswoman Meng congratulating
Mofan Chen.