Meng holds award ceremony to announce winner and runners-up of first congressional art contest

Apr 29, 2013
Press Release
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today the winner and runners-up of her first Congressional district art contest.
The competition, which consists 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. 
The winner and runners-up are as follows:
  • Winner
            Lobsang Tsewang, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst.
As the winner of the contest, Tsewang’s’ winning artwork – along with winning pieces from Congressional art contests throughout the United States – will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol. Members of Congress, Congressional staff and thousands of visitors to the Capitol pass by the exhibit throughout the year. His piece will be hung beginning in June.
Tsewang and one of his parents will also be awarded round-trip plane tickets to Washington, D.C. – courtesy of Southwest Airlines – to join Meng at the opening ceremonies of the national art competition. The ceremony, scheduled for June, takes place on Capitol Hill and will recognize Tsewang’s outstanding artistic talents as well as those of all the other young artists from around the country. Tsewang, and the winners from each congressional district art contest, will also be eligible for a scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
  • First runner-up
            Haini Lin, a student at The Windsor School in Flushing
            Lin’s artwork will be displayed in for one year in Meng’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Second runner-up
Lhakpa Sherpa, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst
Sherpa’s artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s future district office in the Flushing area.
  • Third runner-up
Mollie Schindler, a student at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows
Schindler’s artwork will be displayed in Meng’s future district office in Forest Hills-Kew Gardens.
Meng announced the winner and runners-up during a ceremony/reception she hosted Sunday afternoon for students, their families, art teachers, principals and school administrators at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where all of the submitted artwork has been on display since April 14th.
A total of 66 students from nine high schools participated in the contest (see attached page for the list of all the students). All participants received certificates of special Congressional recognition from Meng. The high schools included:
  • The Hillside Arts & Letters Academy in Jamaica
  • Newtown High School in Elmhurst
  • Queens School of Inquiry in Flushing
  • St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point
  • The Lowell School in Flushing
  • St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows
  • The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates
  • The Windsor School in Flushing
  • World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing
Entries were submitted in several mediums including paintings (oil, watercolors, acrylic, etc.), collages, drawings and prints (lithographs, silk screens, etc.).
The judges consisted of a juried panel of artists, art educators and cultural and community leaders. They included:
  • Arthur Liu, President of the Queens Art Education Center
  • Yoon Sook Park, President of the Korean American Traditional Art Association
  • Jose Tejada, Executive Director of the Dominico American Society
  • Jairo Toro, Art Director of the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens
  • Tim Miller and Chia Lin from the Queens Museum of Art
“I am thrilled and excited to host my first Congressional art contest,” said Meng. “The competition showcases the outstanding artistic talents of our local high school students and I am proud of all the young artists who participated. I am happy to congratulate Lobsang Tsewang for winning the contest, and I look forward to his exceptional artwork representing our Congressional district in the nation’s capital.”
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of “An Artistic Discovery.” More than 650,000 high school students throughout the United States have participated since the competition began in 1982.
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