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Autumn Jefferson from J.R. Tucker High School Recognized in 2017 Congressional Art Competition

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Washington, May 26, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (202-225-2815) | comments
GLEN ALLEN – Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) announced that Autumn Jefferson from Henrico, Virginia won first place in the 2017 Seventh Congressional District’s Congressional Art Competition for her self-portrait piece entitled, “Falling Into Autumn.”  Her piece will be displayed for the entirety of this year in the U.S. Capitol amongst other student’s artwork from around the country.

In addition to the overall winner, honorable mentions were awarded to one student in each county participating in the competition. For information and photographs of honorable mentions, please click here.

This year, 62 participants throughout the Seventh District submitted pieces for consideration. For the first time, Seventh District constituents selected on social media a “People’s Choice Award” which was awarded to Morgan Necessary from Chesterfield for her piece entitled “Zero Gravity.” 

Rep. Brat said, “I want to thank all the art students for submitting their work.  It takes a lot of courage to pour your heart into something and then put it out there for the entire world to see.  Each piece demonstrated an amazing level of talent. As an educator and a father, I know how important art can be in the lives of students – whether they’re creating it or just admiring it.”

He continued, “If you ever come up and visit my office in Washington D.C. -- inside my personal office is a series of framed paintings. These paintings are meaningful to me because they represent the power of ideas, freedom, democracy, religion, and western civilization. That is the power of art.”

Thank you to an esteemed panel of judges for their continued support of the Congressional Art Competition, including Jeffery Allison, Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions at  the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Dr. David Burton, professor from the Art Education Department  at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Cherry Gardner, the Principal Specialist of Fine Arts for the Virginia Department of Education.

Appreciation also goes out to Capital One for hosting this annual event and for all the work they do to support arts education in the Seventh District and throughout the country.
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