Students from Mercer, Monmouth & Ocean Counties Competed at RWJ-Hamilton Lakefront Art GallerySmith Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners for 2019 Show
The winners of the 2019 Annual Congressional Art Competition were announced tonight by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who sponsors the annual show for high school students in the Fourth Congressional District.
“When President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act in 1965, he said: “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage,” Smith told the students. “For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guide’s us as a nation.” Quoting from the book of Proverbs he continued “And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
“Tonight, we celebrate 69 amazing young artists and the works of art they have created,” Smith said. “Tonight, with our eyes and hearts and souls we breath in the inspiration—the inner vision—each gifted artist has given to us to enjoy and appreciate. And tonight, we acknowledge extraordinary talent unleashed on canvas or some other medium and the years of nurturing it took to perfect that talent by parents, teachers and friends.”
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 1 and closed Friday following an award presentation. RWJ President Richard Freeman was on hand for the ceremony.
Judging took place at RWJ Hamilton on April 5. The winners are:
The 2019 judges were Debbie Jencsik of Ocean County, N.J.; Jim Inzero, also of Ocean County, N.J., and; Rich Thompson formerly of Mercer County, N.J. Click here for a summary of the judges’ biographies.
“Special thanks to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton, especially President Richard Freeman, Vice President Diane Grillo, and Lakefront Gallery Curator, Sheila Geisler, for graciously hosting us tonight,” Smith said. “And thanks to our art judges, Debbie Jencsik, Jim Inzero & Rich Thompson.”
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.
“Although only one artwork will be selected to hang in the U.S. Capitol where it will be seen along with submissions from every participating congressional district in America by nearly a half-million people, each of you are winners,” Smith said.
For more information about the 2019 NJ-04 show or to view recent year winners, click here. News about the 2020 competition will be posted on the same site in February or March 2020.