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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Concord Student Becomes Eleventh District Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 3, 2016
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA On Monday night, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 “Eleventh Congressional District High School Art Competition,” Concord High School senior Ryan Shu, whose winning piece consisted of a digital photograph entitled “The Golden Escape.” The competition is a juried art show open to all high school students who are residents of California’s Eleventh Congressional District.

“This year’s Congressional Art Competition showcased the incredible talent and passion of young artists in our district. I congratulate all of the students who participated and look forward to showcasing artwork from our Grand Prize winner, Ryan Shu, in the United States Capitol,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The runners-up, whose artwork will be displayed in Congressman DeSaulnier’s district offices, included Lu Wang’s piece entitled “Equity in America” and Moira Brown’s piece entitled “Faces.”

The awards ceremony was held at John F. Kennedy University and the winning pieces were selected by the following judges:

  •          Michelle Krup, Diablo Valley College Art and Photography Department Instructor
  •          Donna Fenstermaker, Contra Costa College Professor of Drawing and Composition
  •          Warren Dean, Concord High School Art Teacher and Visual and Performing Art Department Chair

The winning piece from the Eleventh Congressional District, along with winning artwork from all 50 states, will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for the next year. This summer, the winner and a guest will visit Washington, DC for a national reception honoring winners from across the country to celebrate the opening of the Capitol Exhibition. Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students from around the nation have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has allowed Members of Congress to acknowledge the artistic talents of their young constituents.

Photo caption: The 2016 Congressional Art Competition winning artwork entitled "The Golden Escape" by Concord High School student Ryan Shu.

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