*** SLIDE SHOW *** 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners Announced by Rep. SmithHigh School Competition Culminates in May 3 Awards Announcement; Show Runs at RWJ-Hamilton til July 6
The winners of the 2017 Annual Congressional Art Competition were announced Thursday by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who sponsors the annual show for high school students in the Fourth Congressional District.
“The student artists’ submissions in the 2017 competition were again impressive this year,” Smith said. “We had many entries from across Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties in the Fourth Congressional District. I congratulate ‘Best-in-Show’ winner, Tallia Maglione, and all the winners and participants.”
The event, which Smith has sponsored for more than 20 years, was held at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton). Work was hung April 24 and will be taken down July 6. An awards presentation was held May 3 at RWJ-Hamilton. The award presentation was held May 3. RWJ-Hamilton President and CEO Richard Freeman was on hand to welcome students and visitors for the ceremony. He also hosted a reception with refreshments and hors d'oeuvre for the gathering.
“I truly appreciate Robert Wood Johnson University-Hospital for hosting this event at its spectacular Lakefront Gallery in Hamilton,” Smith said. “Hospital employees, patients and visitors have responded so positively to the art last year, that by popular demand we have, for the first time, extended the show from a three or four day show to more than two months. Visitors can enjoy the show though early July.”
Also new this year, the show will display several pieces of artwork by each judge, and RWJ-Hamilton will handle inquiries of purchasing art in its gallery, including students and judges, that are available for purchase.
“I also must thank the volunteer judges who gave generously of their time for this competition,” Smith said. “Our judges—all accomplished artists themselves—were very impressed by the high level of artistry, and had a hard time singling out the winners. They took the time to write individual notes to each of the students about their work. These notes will be presented to participants as constructive critiques.”
Best in Show winner "The Carousel" will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.
The RWJ-Hamilton Lakefront Gallery is located on the first floor of the hospital along the mezzanine, directly above the gift shop and café area. Best access to the gallery can be the main entrance of the hospital (near the U.S. flag pole), located at One Hamilton Health Place in Hamilton. The artwork will be on display during normal visiting hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through July 6, 2017.
For more information about the 2017 NJ-04 show or to view recent year winners, click here. News about the 2018 competition will be posted on the same site in February or March 2018.