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Higgins announces winners of annual student art competition


Mon, May 15th 2017 10:00 am
Winning piece headed to U.S. Capitol
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the winners of the annual Congressional Art Competition. Higgins received 54 pieces of artwork from students from 11 local high schools.
The top winner from each congressional district is invited to Washington, D.C., for the official unveiling of the gallery, featuring artwork from around the nation, on display in the Cannon Tunnel to the Capitol Building.
The 2017 grand-prizewinner from Higgins' district is Jaylen Coleman, a student at South Park High School. Jaylen's mixed media piece is titled "Talented."
"The creativity of local student artists is impressive and diverse," Higgins said. "We are proud to have the opportunity highlight this incredible artwork here in the Larkin Building and put a Western New York artist's work on display in the nation's capital."
Below is a complete list of this year's winners:
Grand Prize
Name: Jaylen Coleman
School: South Park High School
Title: "Talented"
Medium: Mixed
1st Runner-up 
Name: Brandon Borzynski
School: Cardinal O'Hara High School
Title: "My Dad"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
2nd Runner-up
Name: Roisin Lynch
School: Mount Mercy Academy
Title: "Duckie"
Medium: Acrylic
3rd Runner-up
Name: Pawsbai Lai
School: Middle Early College High School
Title: "Self Portrait"
Medium: Graphite on Paper
Best of Western New York 
Name: Cecelia Favorito
School: City Honors High School
Title: "Industrial First Ward of Buffalo"
Medium: Linoleum Print
Online Competition - People's Choice Award
Name: Roisin Lynch
School: Mount Mercy Academy
Title: "Duckie"
Medium: Acrylic
Art submissions from high school students throughout the district were on display in a local art show held in the lobby of the Larkin at Exchange Building. Higgins hosted a ceremony for teachers, students and their families, where the top winners were announced. The public was also invited to vote for their favorite piece through an online gallery featuring the students' work.
Judges for the competition included: Leslie Zemsky, a local artist, Larkin District "Director of Fun" and past president of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery board of directors; Kayla Zemsky, a member of the Larkin Development creative department with several years of experience in the New York City art scene, including work at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Caroline Barry, local artist and senior marketing consultant at Key Bank.

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