Spanberger Hosts Art Show Displaying Artwork from Virginia Students, Announces Winners of Sixth Annual Congressional Art Competition

May 03, 2024
Local Issues
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The Winner — Skylar Ruggeri From Orange County High School — Will Have Her Artwork Displayed in the U.S. Capitol for One Year

**Click Here for Photos from the Reception**

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger yesterday evening hosted an art show and award ceremony at the duPont Gallery at the University of Mary Washington to announce the Seventh District’s first, second, and third place winners of the sixth annual Congressional Art Competition. Students, family members, art teachers, principals, and art judges were invited to attend and see all 33 participating students’ artwork on display.

This year’s submissions showcased a diverse range of styles, techniques, and themes, reflecting the unique perspectives of the next generation of artists. Student submissions were judged by a panel of local artists, art professionals, and professors.

First place winner Skylar Ruggeri is a student at Orange County High School. Skylar’s piece entitled “Summer Canopy” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, alongside winning pieces from congressional districts across the country.

Spanberger also recognized second place winner Qaeviaun Smith Baldon from Gar-Field High School and third place winner Kaia Jansen from North Stafford High School.

“I am continually impressed by the immense talent and creativity displayed by the artists who participate each year in our Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition is an excellent way to highlight the next generation of Virginia artists and recognize original masterpieces created by young residents of the Seventh District,” said Spanberger. “My team and I were blown away by the time and effort that every student put into their artwork this year. I encourage all participants to keep reaching for their goals in their artistic endeavors, and I look forward to seeing Skylar’s work on display in the U.S. Capitol!”

“This painting is inspired by a walk through Washington, D.C. in late summer just outside The National Gallery of Art,” said Ruggeri. “I aimed to capture the effect of sunlight pouring through an above canopy onto the ground below, creating abstract patterns on the sidewalk.”

BACKGROUND

The Congressional Art Competition is in its 43rd year and is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. This annual competition celebrates the artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The winning artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol — the most highly traveled access point between the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Capitol — for one year.

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