Cummings Announces Howard County Junior as 2013 Winner of Congressional Art Competition

April 27, 2013
Press Release

High School Artists from 7th Congressional District Honored at Reception

Baltimore, MD  – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) awarded top prize in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” to Ginny Kim, a junior at Centennial High School in Ellicott, City, Md., at an awards ceremony at the Walters Art Museum Sculpture Court in Baltimore.

Ms. Kim’s entry, ”The Greatest City in America,” is a photograph depicting a woman sitting on a bench. It will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year representing the 7th Congressional District.  She will also receive a congressional citation and a gift certificate from Southwest Airlines.  A photo of the winning entry is below.

“I look forward to the Congressional Art Competition each year.  It is a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse talents of the students in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District,” Cummings said.  “Ms. Kim and all of the students honored today are an inspiring glimpse of the greatness that lies in this generation of future leaders.  I am honored to recognize them.”

Ms. Sophie Kessler, a senior at Baltimore School for the Arts, took home the runner-up award for her work, “Untitled Self Portrait.”  Her artwork will be displayed in Cummings’ district office for one year.

Seven students were awarded Curators Choice Awards by the curators of Baltimore-area art colleges and museums.  Cummings also awarded merit certificates to all of the participating artists this year, who represented nine different schools from across the district.

Each entry was judged anonymously by a panel of art experts . 

This is the 31st year for the competition.  Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.