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Rep. Chu Announces Artistic Discovery Competition Winners for 32nd Congressional District

May 11, 2011
Press Release
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EL MONTE, CA – Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., announced the winners of her second annual Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition during a special ceremony at City of Hope in Duarte last Saturday.

The Artistic Discovery program began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. The competition is open to high schoolers of all ages. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nation-wide competition.

Congresswoman Chu, with the help of her Artistic Discovery Committee and local artists who served as judges, selected 5 finalists to recognize during the competition. The first place selection will be displayed, along with the first-place winners from all other Congressional Districts, at the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

Below are the winners of Rep. Chu's 2nd Annual Artistic Discovery competition, along with the titles of their work and their corresponding prizes:

* First Place: Tommy Bui of Baldwin Park, from Mountain View High School in El Monte, for his color pencil and ink drawing titled "What is a World Without Color?" Mr. Bui will receive an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Washington, D.C., donated by Southwest Airlines, to attend the National Artistic Discovery Unveiling Ceremony. His artwork will be displayed for a year in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. He will also receive a scholarship for $1,500 and a goodie bag from the Artistic Discovery Committee. In addition, his art teacher will receive a $100 gift certificate for art supplies for their school.

* Second Place: Mary Grace Perez of Nogales High School in West Covina, for her piece in pen and watercolor titled "Flower Girl." Ms. Perez will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and her artwork will be displayed in Rep. Chu's Washington, D.C. office. She also received a goodie bag from the committee.

* Third Place: Karina Fermin from Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin Park, for her photograph titled "Jasmin." Ms. Fermin will receive a $750 scholarship, a goodie bag from the Artistic Discovery Committee, and her art piece will be displayed in Rep. Chu's district office in El Monte.

* Honorable Mention: Vanessa Terrazas of Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin Park, for her photograph titled "Good vs. Evil." Ms. Terrazas will receive a $500 scholarship, a goodie bag from the committee and her piece will be displayed in Rep. Chu's El Monte district office.

* Judge's Choice: Jennicka Chavez of Duarte High School in Duarte, for her mixed media on canvas piece titled "At What Cost?" Ms. Chavez will receive a $500 scholarship, a goodie bag from the committee and her piece will be displayed in Rep. Chu's district office.


More than 140 total submissions were received in the district-wide competition. Funding for the awards ceremony, as well as scholarships and other expenses, were covered entirely by private donations collected by the Congresswoman's Artistic Discovery Committee, which was led this year by Chairwoman Denise Tornatore of Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education (BPACE).


"We were truly blown away by the quality and creativity of all our submissions, and I encourage each and every one of our local student artists to continue to pursue their art, whether they were recognized in our competition or not," said Rep. Chu. "We were all very impressed by the work that we saw, and I am confident that we have many more successful future artists here in our district beyond our winners here today."


The recognition of nationwide Artistic Discovery first-place winners will be held on June 22, 2011 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.