High School Artists Honored
||Aubrey Benoit discusses her award-winning photograph with Rep. Peter Welch.
Art filled the walls of the Vermont College of Fine Arts gallery on Friday--a hundred and fifty-seven individual pieces to be exact. The works were submitted for the annual Congressional Art Competition by students from thirty-six Vermont high schools.
A photograph by Aubrey Benoit from Spaulding High School in Barre won first place. Aubrey's work was selected by a panel comprising Alice Dodge, Wylie Garcia, and Dan Gottsegen. The photograph,
Brother, will travel to Washington, D.C. to join top picks from other U.S. congressional districts. The art will be displayed for a year in the tunnel between the Capitol and House office buildings. In this heavily traveled corridor, the exhibit will be viewed by thousands of people from around the country and the world.
The Congressional Art Competition
is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country.
All Vermont students that participated in the Congressional Art Competition have been offered automatic admission to the
Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts
, a two-week intensive arts program for high school students.