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Higgins announces winners of Congressional Art Competition

by jmaloni

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Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am

Congressman Brian Higgins has announced the winners of the annual Congressional Art Competition. Aniyah Brown took first prize. The top piece from each congressional district is displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol Building.

"Artistic expression is an integral part of a student's education," said Higgins, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. "I am always impressed to see the quality work that students submit to this competition, and am proud to display Aniyah's piece in the U.S. Capitol to represent our district."

More than 90 submissions from high schools throughout the district were on display in the first floor lobby of the Larkin building from April 28 through May 4. On Sunday, Higgins hosted a ceremony for teachers, students and their families and the top winners were announced.

This year's judges were Leslie Zemsky, a local artist and member of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery board of directors; and Jen Swan, associate director for Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

Below is a list of this year's winners:

1st place

Name: Aniyah Brown

School: City Honors High School

Title: "Self Portrait"

Medium: Oil Paint

2nd place

Name: Aleena Jafri

School: City Honors High School

Title: "Sketch of a Woman"

Medium: Graphite

3rd place

Name: Alex Currie

School: Amherst Central High School

Title: "Our Last Hope"

Medium: Photography

Best of Western New York

Name: Theonest Irakoze

School: Burgard Vocational High School

Title: "City Hall"

Medium: Pen & Ink

People's Choice Award from The Online Gallery

Name: Alex Currie

School: Amherst Central High School

Title: "Our Last Hope"

Medium: Photography

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