Congressman Higgins Announces Winners Of Art Competition

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM EDT

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Congressman Higgins Announces Winners Of Art Competition

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM EDT

( release) Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the annual winners of the Congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” One piece from each Congressional district is chosen to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol Building.

“Western New York is home to incredible talent and this is a great way to encourage creativity and display all of the students’ impressive work,” said Congressman Higgins. “This year’s addition of the online gallery added a new dynamic allowing more people to see the pieces and vote for their favorite.”

All artwork submitted to Congressman Higgins’ office was displayed for the public in first floor lobby at the Larkin at Exchange Building from April 29 through May 7. In addition, for the first time ever, all pieces were posted in a virtual gallery on his website and the public was invited to choose which one they liked best. Close to 700 people participated by voting for their favorites online.

On May 7th Congressman Higgins hosted a ceremony for teachers, students and their families where the top winners were announced. Nearly 50 students from 16 different high schools in Erie and Chautauqua Counties entered artwork. Serving as judges were Caroline Barry, a local artist and freelance writer; and Roberta Joseph, Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Co-Chair of the Art Committee.

Below is a list of this year’s winners:

Grand Prize – To Be Displayed in Washington, DC

Alphonso Butlak IV, Lake Shore Central High School
Artwork Title: Pan-American Exposition

Best of Western New York – To Be Displayed in Congressman Higgins’ District Office

James J. Marino, Autistic Services, Inc.
Artwork Title: Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House Gardener’s Cottage

Online Gallery Winner – Voted on by the Public

Taylor Morcio, Iroquois Central High School
Artwork Title: Shrine of Democracy

First Runner Up

Tiffany Wise, Fredonia Central High School
Artwork Title: Self Portrait

Second Runner Up

Nhan Bui, Cheektowaga Central High School
Artwork Title: An Old Friend

Third Runner Up

Taylor Clark, Iroquois Central High School
Artwork Title: These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

All artwork can still be seen on Congressman Higgins’ Flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/repbrianhiggins/.