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Congresswoman Grace Meng

Representing the 6th District of New York

Meng Honors Queens Student Art Contest Winner in Washington, D.C.

Jun 30, 2017
Press Release
Winner’s artwork hung in U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) honored Forest Hills student Sophia Cui in Washington, D.C. for winning the Congresswoman’s 2017 “Sixth Congressional District Art Contest.”
The competition, which consisted of submissions from students at numerous high schools throughout Queens, is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” the national Congressional art contest that showcases the artwork of high school students from across the nation.
Cui’s winning artwork – along with the winning pieces from art contests in Congressional districts throughout the United States – will now be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol.
Cui is a student at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills and she will be going into her senior year in September. She traveled to Washington yesterday afternoon to attend the opening ceremonies of the art competition on Capitol Hill. The ceremonies recognized her exceptional artistic abilities as well as the artistic talents of other young artists from around the country.
Under the contest, she and the competition’s other winners are also eligible to receive a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Sophia to Washington and I congratulate her for winning this year’s competition,” said Meng. “She is a talented young artist and her winning piece will proudly represent our Congressional district in Washington. I wish her all the best in her future artistic endeavors.”
“It is an honor to have been selected as the winner of Congresswoman Meng’s art contest,” said Cui. “Having my artwork displayed in the Capitol and coming to Washington for the art competition ceremony was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Thank you again to Congresswoman Meng.”
Cui won this year’s competition for her artwork entitled “Memories in Corona Park.”
This year, a total of 40 students from 10 high schools participated in Meng’s contest.
In addition to the winner, there were three runner-ups. They included:
  • First runner-up
Vellia Zhou of Bayside, a student from Hunter College High School  
Artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Washington office
Title of artwork: Untitled
  • Second runner-up
Patricia Delgado of Corona, a student from Newtown High School in Elmhurst
Artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Northeast Queens Office in Flushing
Title of artwork: From Place to Place
  • Third runner-up
Kurt Juanillo of Woodside, a student from Maspeth High School
Artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Forest Hills office
Title of artwork: Rush Hour
Meng announced the winner and runner-ups during a reception she hosted in April for students who entered the competition. It was held at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where all of the submitted artwork had been on display. The event included the students’ families, art teachers, principals and school administrators. Meng also presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to all of the students who participated.
The winner and runner-ups were selected by panel of professionals from the Queens Museum.  
The Artistic Discovery competition 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.
See attached photo of Meng and Sophia Cui with Cui’s winning artwork in the background.