UPDATED Slide Show: NJ04 Congressional Art Competition WinnersSmith's Congressional High School Student Art Competition Culminates in April 13 Awards Announcement at RWJ-Hamilton Art Gallery
Students from Mercer, Monmouth & Ocean Counties Honored at RWJ-Hamilton Lakefront Art Gallery
The winners of the 2018 Annual Congressional Art Competition were announced by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who sponsors the annual show for high school students in the Fourth Congressional District.
“The 2018 competition was one of the largest in 25 years,” Smith said. “We had many talented entries from across Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. I congratulate ‘Best-in-Show’ winner, Jordan Heine. Her ‘American Graffiti’ was amazing. I congratulate all the winners and participants. The judges had a tough time picking the winners because of the amount of quality entries.”
The event, which Smith sponsored, was hosted by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton). Work was hung March 19 and closed Thursday, April 12, following an award presentation. RWJ Hamilton President and CEO Richard Freeman was on hand for the ceremony.
“Robert Wood Johnson University-Hospital graciously hosted this competition at its wonderful Lakefront Tower Gallery,” Smith said. “Hospital visitors, as well as employees and patients have again responded positively to the show.”
Judging took place at RWJ Hamilton on March 23. The eight winners are:
Honorable Mention- Sarah Fakult, 11th Grade, Freehold Township Regional High School; “Empower the Bully Breed with Flowers” (oil on canvas)
Honorable Mention-Photography - Cece McCarthy, 12th Grade, Red Bank Regional High School; “Sky Light” (digital photography)
Every year the Congressional Institute sponsors this national high school visual art competition to recognize and foster artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office. Students submit entries to their Member of Congress’s office, and a panel of district judges select the winners. The Best in Show winners are recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.For more information about the 2018 NJ-04 show or to view recent year winners, click here. News about the 2019 competition will be posted on the same site in February or March 2019.