If they can’t make it to the art exhibit, the art exhibit will come to them — virtually. And so it is with one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen: the virtual gallery created for the submissions to U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s 8th Congressional District Art Exhibit.
What is even cooler is that a submission from Fowlerville High School student Ava Yon — entitled “Fish Anatomy” — won second place. It will now hang in a place of honor in Slotkin’s office in Washington, D.C.
The first place piece entitled “Fractured,” by Rochester High School student Abigail Shreck, will be hung on display for a year with the winners from other U.S. districts in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C., an access tunnel between the House office buildings and the Capitol. The third and fourth place winners, by Rachel Falkowski of Lake Orion High School and Claire Daniels of Williamston High School, will be on display in Slotkin’s Rochester Hills and Lansing offices respectively.
The competition featured 38 drawings, paintings, and photographs from high school students throughout Livingston, Oakland, and Ingham counties. You can see them all when you take the virtual tour through the exhibit.
This is the second official 8th Congressional District high school art competition, which continues an annual celebration of the district’s youth and their artistic talents. To keep the participants safe during the pandemic, Slotkin held the reception with artists and family members via Zoom, and unveiled a virtual exhibit where students’ work can be viewed.
“Art is something that is immensely important, particularly in expression and making ourselves heard,” Slotkin said during the reception to artists and families. “We all have different ways of communicating and art is a really profound way that people do so.”
The Congressional Art Competition occurs annually in U.S. districts around the country and is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. More than 650,000 high schoolers have participated since the competition began in 1982. The next submissions will be accepted early in 2021 with winners announced in the spring.
View the gallery by clicking here.