Congressional Kudos Crowns Junior Artists

Carmichael, CA  |  Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Congressional District 7 staffers Philip Norton (left) and Ivanna Pincilotti (third from right) presented awards to national art contest winners at Sacramento Fine Arts center. The artists are Justine Ibarra, Madeleine Ng and Riley Bloodworth.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Congressman Ami Bera’s office rewarded teenage artists during a recent presentation at Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael.


Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the contest annually seeks entries from across the nation. In 37 years, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


Artists submit entries to their representative’s office; a district judging panel then chooses the best. First place achievers win a trip to Washington DC to see their art displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibition that hangs for one year. Top 7th District prize was awarded for Madeleine Ng's portrait of her sister Jaslyn in a balletic leap on a New York City rooftop. Called "Little Dreamer Dancing on Top of the World," Ng’s canvas reflects Jaslyn’s ambition to study at Julliard School of Dancing. Madeleine (15) is in11th grade at Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove.


Second prize was claimed by Justina Ibarra (18) from Sheldon High School, Sacramento. Dr. Bera will display Justina's colorful "Bouquet at the Market" in his DC office. Elk Grove High School student Riley Bloodworth (17) won third place for her digital composition "Looking Within." This will hang in Bera’s Sacramento headquarters for a year.