Miller's Artwork Will Be on View at the Nation's Capital for a Year
This is the 40th year of the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide visual art competition for high school students that is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. The winning entry from each participating district is taken to Washington, D.C., where the works are displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel, a busy corridor that connects the Cannon Office Building to the U.S. Capitol.
“It’s very heavily traveled and visitors who come through there look at them (the artworks) every day,” Congressman Bishop said. “I’ve found myself stopping to look at some of the pieces because we have some incredibly talented young people across this country. Georgia is certainly well represented among the talented, and, of course, the Second Congressional District always makes me proud.”
In addition to recognition in their respective districts, Miller and the other district winners will be invited to the annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Albany Museum of Art makes that trip possible for the student winner in the Second Congressional District by providing airfare and hotel accommodations for the young artist and a parent. The AMA also offers a $250 purchase price for the winning artwork.
Miller said this will be his first opportunity to visit the nation’s capital. “I don’t travel that much, so I’m excited,” he said.
Andrea Smith, also a junior at Dougherty High School, won second place for her untitled colored pencil drawing. Odalis Dominguez-Aguazul, a sophomore at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts in Columbus, won third place for her graphite drawing Fly Away. Jared Gray, a senior at Kendrick High School in Columbus, won honorable mention for his work Dynamic Display.
Miller won with an untitled pencil drawing that used dark grays, dramatic warm colors, and intricate detailing to illustrate the facial features and weathered hands of a man lighting a cigarette in darkness. He said his mother, who teaches art, encouraged him to tackle a work that was “a little more difficult for me because she felt like I wasn’t being challenged. That was my inspiration.”
“It (art) captures our culture and allows our young people to express their creativity and a sense of who we are as a people at this moment in time,” the congressman said. “I think we have some of the best, some of the brightest, some of the most creative young people anywhere in the world, and I’m just delighted to show off their talents.”
- Homecoming, which features artworks from the Albany Museum of Art’s permanent collection, opens May 12.
- Escape Plan, an installation by Elinor Saragoussi, is in the West Gallery.
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