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Rutherford Announces 2017 Art Competition Winners

May 10, 2017
Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FL. – Congressman John Rutherford announced Jennifer Chen from Mandarin High School was selected as the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Florida’s Fourth District.


Jennifer Chen’s submission, a photograph titled “YoYo”, was selected from among dozens of entries from area high school students. The photo will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. She will travel to Washington to attend the official ceremony honoring Congressional Art Competition winners from across the nation. Rutherford announced this year’s winner at a reception hosted at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, South Gallery at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


Congressman John Rutherford said, “I would like to thank all of the students for participating in our Fourth District Congressional Art Competition, and I am happy to congratulate Mandarin High School’s Jennifer Chen for her winning photograph. I am amazed by all of the talented young artists in Northeast Florida. Art enhances our culture and life experience, and I am pleased to offer a venue for students to demonstrate their creativity. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talented students in our district, and I look forward to seeing Jennifer’s work displayed at the United States Capitol.”


The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982 to showcase the talent of the nation’s students. Hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated.


Honorable Mentions include “Disassociation” by Jacqueline May from Duncan U. Fletcher High School, “Storm Surge” by Montgomery Phillips from Mandarin High School, “Jackie” by Kat Slava from St. Augustine High School, and “The Boy” by Celina Cai from Seacoast Christian Academy.


Special thanks to Jeffery Smith, Director of Arts of Duval County Public Schools, Laurie Brown, Secondary Visual Art Specialist from Duval County Public Schools, Lynn Lewis, South Gallery Coordinator at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Mark Sablow, M.F.A, Professor of Photography at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Tommy Bledsoe, K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Specialist at St. Johns County Schools for their help making the competition and reception possible.