More than 50 students from 12 Southern Arizona high schools have been recognized for their talents in a national arts competition sponsored by Congress.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was at Tohono Chul Park on Saturday, greeting 52 students who won prizes in the Congressional Art Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus.
Ironwood Ridge High School student Lindsay Bahureksa won the grand prize. Her art will be displayed for one year at the Capitol in Washington, where it will be seen by members of Congress and tens of thousands of visitors. It will hang alongside the other grand prize winners from other congressional districts across the nation, Giffords said in a release.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students. It was created "to recognize the creative talents of young Americans," the release said. This year marks the competition's 25th anniversary.
Winners of Giffords' Congressional Art Competition were selected by a panel seven judges who reviewed more than 300 entries. Prizes were awarded in eight categories – photography, western art, general painting, figurative painting, general black and white drawing, figurative black and white drawing, general color drawing, and fantasy.
Bahureksa receives three airline tickets from Southwest Airlines so she and two family members can fly to Washington for a ceremony in June. She'll also get a monetary award from the Friends of Western Art.
Art from the Congressional Art Competition is being displayed at Tohono Chul Park through June 8.