Local 2021 Congressional Art Competition winners announced

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(NEWS10) – Congressman Paul Tonko announced the winners of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in his Congressional District, NY-20, on Monday. The winning artwork has been chosen from 44 student submissions representing 16 schools.

The competition collects submissions from across the U.S. The winners are decided by regional panels. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Due to the pandemic, Congressman Tonko’s office submissions to the annual Congressional Art Competition were submitted electronically.

NY-20 Winners:

  • Best in Show – Mary Kate Sullenberger, Shaker High School, “Sinking”, colored pencil
  • Runner Up – Josefina Casper, Schenectady High School, “He Takes Time in His Own Little World”, watercolor and micron pen
  • Honorable Mention – Andre Adonnino, Shenendehowa High School, “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…”, acrylic on canvas
  • Honorable Mention – Lucy Lee, Shaker High School, “Collaged Self”, paper collage
  • Honorable Mention – Katherine Pagnotta, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School, “Untitled”, charcoal
  • Honorable Mention – Jacob Serekede, Clayton A. Bouton High School, “Self Portrait”

“Congratulations to Mary Kate for her exceptional work, and to all of our Capital Region students who took part in this competition,” Congressman Tonko said. “My heartfelt gratitude to the extraordinary efforts of our art teachers who supported and facilitated their students’ participation this year under these very challenging circumstances.”

The annual Congressional Art Competition celebrates the artistic achievements of the nation’s high school students. Since it began in 1982, more than 670,000 high school students have participated.

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