Congressman Cantor Congratulates 2011 Congressional Art Competition Winners
May 23, 2011
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

RICHMOND, VA – On Saturday, May 21st Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for the 7th District during an award ceremony at Capital One’s West Creek Town Center in Richmond.

This year, 84 local high school students submitted entries. The first place winner is Anna Beth Hart of Henrico High School for her artwork entitled, “Caroline,” which will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

For the first time, people could vote for their favorite entry online and over 1,100 votes were cast. The online winner is Jackie St. Clair of Highland School for her piece, “A Slice of Still Life,” which also received an honorable mention.

Congressman Cantor said, "We have so many gifted young artists in Virginia, and the talents of our students from the 7th District are exemplified by this year’s Congressional Art Competition winners. I am proud to congratulate all our winners for their amazing artwork, as well as for their enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to the arts.”

2011 Congressional Art Competition Winners:

First Place: Anna Beth Hart, Henrico High School, Grade 11, “Caroline”
Second Place: Patrick Acker, Clover Hill High School, Grade 12, “Strawberry Splash”
Third Place: Sophia Smith, Hermitage High School, Grade 9, "Jack in the Music Box"

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah Agee, Clover Hill High School, Grade 12, “Grasping at Freedom”
Sarah Johnson, St. Catherine's School, Grade 11, “Twisted"
Jackie St. Clair, Highland School, Grade 10, “A Slice of Still Life”
Isabelle Hinckley, St. Catherine's School, Grade 9, Untitled
Alyx Bailey, Grove Avenue Christian School, Grade 11, "Lo Amer Sempre"
Reed Gibson, Douglas Freeman High School, Grade 9, “What’s a Child Without a Childhood”
Sara Sanger, Louisa County High School, Grade 9, “Stella”
Courtney Harkness, Orange County High School, Grade 12, “Daydreamers”
Jessica Boutte, Rappahannock County High School, Grade 12, Rappahannock County, “A Daydream”

Background: The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

View pictures from the Congressional Art Competition HERE.