The 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner Tanisha Lord will be honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington D.C.; her winning artwork will be on display at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The 2018 Congressional Art Competition participants. Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

Aspiring young artists were honored by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke who hosted the 2018 Congressional Art Competition at Weeksville Heritage Center on Friday, May 11. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent and expression in each congressional district.

“The Congressional Art Competition is one of my favorite activities each year,” said Clarke who represents the Ninth Congressional District including Crown Heights, East New York, Flatbush and Prospect Heights. “It gives students in the Ninth Congressional District an opportunity to express themselves and share their unique creative visions with friends, family and their community.”

The 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner Tanisha Lord and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke. Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.

The competition posed a tough job for the panel of judges consisting of painter Avani Patel; artist, teacher and poet Marc-kensen Curvinglines, and Depelsha McGruder, CEO of a newly formed arts institution by MoCADA and 651 ARTS. After much deliberation, they announced the winners.

Medgar Evers Prep student was named the worthy winner Tanisha Lord for her piece “Gentle Bloom.” Runner-up was Farrukh Almatov from Origins High School for his artwork “Chaos.” And another student of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Devanta Dickerson and her piece “Transcending,” took the third place.

As the competition’s winner, Tanisha’s artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.; the young Brooklyn artist will also travel to the capital to convene with winners from congressional districts across the nation at the Congressional Art Competition reception.

But also the artworks of the second and third place winners are deserving of recognition, finds Clarke, which is why the congresswoman in collaboration with Weeksville Heritage Center will be hosting another showcase to have the pieces displayed.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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