Four area high school students will have their works of art displayed in Rep. Conor Lamb’s offices for the next year.
The pieces were selected May 13 as winners at the nationwide 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Pennsylvania’s 17th District.
The representative’s office received 52 pieces for the competition, including photographs, drawings, paintings, mixed media and some stained glass from more than 40 students from schools across the congressional district.
The first place honor went to Alayna Hollist, a Mt. Lebanon High School student who entered her colored pencil piece entitled “The Candy Shop.”
Second place went to Tenaeja Sheffey, a sophomore at Riverview Junior-Senior High School, who entered a negative photograph entitled “Untitled.”
Her teacher, Diane Lohr, said Sheffey’s piece is unique because the negative flips to a realistic look when photographed.
“She came up with the idea completely on her own,” Lohr said. “I think it’s pretty ingenious.”
Third place went to Skye Coto, a senior at Penn Hills High School. Her watercolor piece “A Journey to the Urban Rain Forest” depicts three girls walking on an urban street.
“It’s three girls that have known each other for quite some time. They walk down an urban neighborhood and it turns into a magical rainforest based on their imagination,” Coto said.
Her teacher, Jason Korpa is proud of Coto, who entered into the competition last year and did not win.
“I’m just happy for her. Her confidence is going to go (up). She’s quiet, but she knows she’s good at drawing. This just verifies that,” Korpa said.
Coto said she plans to study graphic design at Pittsburgh Technical College over the summer in hopes to one day freelance as an illustrator and animator.
Fourth place went to Natalie Callahan, another student from Mt. Lebanon. She entered a drawing entitled “Getting Ready.”
The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and the second, third and fourth place entries will be displayed for one year in Lamb’s Washington, D.C., Allegheny County and Beaver County offices respectively.
“I am thankful to all of the gifted students in our district for the artwork they submitted; it was an amazing demonstration of their hard work and talent,” Lamb said.