Kristen Henderlong of Clearfield Area High School Wins Fifth Congressional District 2012 High School Art Competition

May 9, 2012 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C. — Kristen Henderlong of Clearfield Area High School, Clearfield, Pa., has won the Fifth Congressional District’s 2012 High School Art Competition, which was sponsored by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard.  Henderlong won the contest with her work, “The Essence of Light,” an acrylic-on-canvas painting of a classroom in Haiti where she had traveled to on a humanitarian mission.

“Kristen is a tremendously talented artist and I look forward to showcasing her work in the halls of Congress before the hundreds of daily visitors to the U.S. Capitol,” said Representative Thompson. “I want to thank each of the winners and all of the participants for their hard work, as well as their friends, teachers and families for supporting these young artists and making this another successful competition.”

The contestants and winning entries were recognized Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at the Winkler Gallery in DuBois, Pa. The 2012 competition received 17 entries from all across the Fifth District.  The entries were judged by an independent panel of local artists. 

“I am proud to sponsor this art competition that showcases the talents from our area Schools. Elementary and High School Art programs promote creativity and innovation which are fundamental to problem-solving,” added Representative Thompson. “While some students competing today may find a future career using their skills to produce artwork professionally, all of these students will find creativity and innovation skills instrumental to their future success.”

A reception will be held for winners from each district on June 20 in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., before the artworks are hung in the U.S. Capitol Complex for the next year.  

Additional Fifth District Awards:

-2nd Place: Katie Beard of Rockton, DuBois Area High School, Artwork: “Soul in Phthalo” (A relief painting of acrylic and plaster on canvas)

-3rd place: Joshua Floravit of St. Marys, St. Marys Area High School, Artwork: “A Pair of Parrots” (a collage of gum wrappers)

-Honorable Mention: Kelsey Karpinski of Ridgway, Elk County Catholic High School, Artwork: “M&M” (photography)

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