WASHINGTON — The Maine winners of the 2009 Congressional Arts Competition were announced recently by U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.
Winners were Michele Jaffarian, a senior at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, in the 2nd Congressional District, and Suki Nesvig of Portland, a senior at Waynflete School, in 1st Congressional District.
The winners were chosen by jurors selected by the Maine Arts Commission. The two winners and their families will be flown to Washington with sponsored airline tickets to be part of the formal show opening in June.
“We had many impressive entries,” Pingree said in a press release. “And I congratulate Suki for winning a very competitive contest. Maine has been the home to some of our country’s greatest artists. We have a tradition in our state of supporting and encouraging the arts, and I know we’re going to see some terrific entries in this contest.”
Suki Nesvig’s winning art is a woodblock print. Michele Jaffarian’s winning art is a colored pencil piece titled “Binding,” which is an abstract view of ski equipment.
“The winners and the runners-up of this art competition always remind me of the tremendous skill and promise among our young adults in Maine,” said Michaud. “I appreciate all those who participated this year and the tremendous role that the Maine Arts Commission played in the competition. The arts have been proven to help our children achieve in school. The arts also help us tell our story as a people, and they play an important role in maintaining and strengthening our way of life.”
Each year, thousands of students across the country enter the Congressional High School Art Competition. One winner is chosen from each congressional district, and their artwork is hung in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol building.
All winners are eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art in Atlanta.
In addition to the winners, the jury also chose runners-up Alex Bucaro from Portland High School, Christina Carver from Rockland District High School and Ike Voorhees from Waynflete School in Portland in the 1st District; and Sheila Currier from Dexter Regional High School, Erin Aitken and Michael Peitersen from Edward Little High School in Auburn in the 2nd District.