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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) congratulated the winners of the 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas on Tuesday.

The Congressional High School Art Competition, known as “An Artistic Discovery” is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, organized by Congressman Sessions, is open to all high school students in the district.  This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.

Amber Yen, a junior at Fairhill School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her oil painting entitled “Childhood Memory.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Amber will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.


Congressman Pete Sessions with Grand Prize winner Amber Yen

“I commend Amber on her artistic accomplishment and look forward to seeing her work displayed in the corridor to the U.S. Capitol,” said Sessions. “I am delighted that visitors from across the country and other Congressional members will be able to see firsthand the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District.”

This year’s competition included 34 entries from students representing 10 local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas.  Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists. The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by Congressman Sessions’ constituents through online voting on his website. 

Runners Up honors were presented to Stephen Renard, a senior at Parish Episcopal, for his photograph “Vibrant Color in Everyday Life” and to Oscar Mora, a junior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for his graphite pencil sketch “Oscar Squared.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Samuel Boyne, a junior at Covenant School, for his pen and watercolor piece “Grasshopper Fete.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ office for the next year.

“The award-winning art produced by Amber, Stephen, Oscar and Samuel showcased their exceptional talent, and I am very proud of their work,” said Sessions. “All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition exhibited dedication, creativity and passion. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.”

Students and schools interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition may contact Jennifer Lang in Congressman Sessions’ Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information.


Click here to view the other winners and their artwork.


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