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Rep. Napolitano Presents Congressional Award to Local Art Students

April 26, 2010
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- (Washington, DC) On Saturday, April 24, Rep. Grace Napolitano hosted the 2010 38th Congressional District High School Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” at the Fox Theater in downtown Pomona. Jesus Rivera from El Rancho High School won first place with his piece “Dreams of War,” Isaac Martinez from Montebello High School won second place with his piece “Self Portrait,” and Genesis Guzman from El Rancho High School won third place with her piece “The Concept of Beauty.” Rivera received a free roundtrip ticket for himself and a parent to attend a reception in Washington, D.C., where first place winners from congressional districts across the country will have their artwork hung on the walls of the U.S. Capitol.

All submissions will be on public display at the Pomona Arts Colony at 184 W. 3rd Street between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until May 8.

“Our area has a tremendous amount of artistic talent,” Napolitano said. “We need to continue to give these talented youngsters more academic programs and scholarships to help them succeed. I congratulate our students and I am proud to have their artwork represent our district.”

“I look forward to going to D.C. for the first time because I haven’t been there,” Jesus Rivera said. “Pictures of war, old pictures during the Vietnam War, and what’s going on today with Iraq inspired me to do the art piece.”

Jerry Tessier of the Pomona Arts Colony, Hamrozalli Abkarim of Cao Yong Editions Inc., and Stacy Davies, Arts and Culture Editor for IE Weekly were the judges for the contest.

Other winners included:

Judges Choice

Daniel Villalobos (Pomona)
Title: “El Cono del Pino”

Gabriela Lopez (Ganesha)
Title: “Fashion”

Anabel Arreola (Pomona)
Title: “Bobby”

Honorable Mentions

Leo Altamirano (El Rancho)
Title: “Desperate Hope” 

Cathy Ramirez (Norwalk)
Title: “Contrasting Colors” 

Richhany Soth (Garey)
Title: “A Lustful Moment”

Kristen Huizar (Montebello)
Title: “Self Portrait” 

Mark Garcia (Montebello)
Title: “Self Portrait” 

Francisca Cortes (Workman)
Title: “Angel Skull”

The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to give young artists an opportunity to display their talent on a local and potentially national level. First place winners are selected from each of participating Congressional Districts and their artwork is put on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. High school students interested in entering the contest next year should talk to their art teacher.

See links below for images:
Ceremony (Napolitano, Rivera, Martinez, Guzman):

All three winners:

1st Place Jesus Rivera “Dreams of War”:

2nd Place Isaac Martinez “Self Portrait”:

3rd Place Genesis Guzman “The Concept of Beauty”: