Yoder Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winner
Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that Allison Park, a junior at Blue Valley Northwest High School, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District. Her entry, titled “Water, Sun, and Fire” uses the medium of acrylic paint.
“Congratulations Allison for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Representative Yoder said. “Allison’s entry stood out among a number of outstanding submissions this year from some of the most talented young artists across the District. She told me that she wanted to depict three elements crucial to life: water replenishing our thirst, sun offering light, and the warmth of fire. I look forward to walking past it every time I go to vote on the House floor in the U.S. Capitol.”
“It was a privilege to partner with the InterUrban ArtHouse for this year’s show. Thank you to Nicole Emanuel, Founder and Artistic Director, for the hospitality during the Downtown Overland Park Third Friday’s event in April.”
Additionally, the Third District Art Advisory Board awarded four Honorable Mentions to “Travis Scott” by Piper High School junior Ronin Richardson, “Maya Angelou” by Shawnee Mission South senior Alexandra Ledbetter, “Corpus Mundi IX” by Blue Valley North High School senior Cormac Palmer, and “Harlem Renaissance” by Shawnee Mission South sophomore Jackson Kelly.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of the high school students in their districts. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Allison Park’s art “Water, Sun, and Fire” will hang in the U.S. Capitol with the winning art selected from all Congressional Districts across the country from June 2018 through June 2019.