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Ruppersberger Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winners

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

2nd District Artwork to Hang in DC

Timonium, MD - Today, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger played host to local high school students who participated in this year's 22nd Annual Congressional Art Contest. With their families on hand, the Congressman also presented the first, second and third place winners with a plaque of appreciation during a reception held at his Timonium office.

In March, Rep. Ruppersberger announced that the art contest was open to all students of 2nd Congressional District high schools. Themed An Artistic Discovery, this year's contest was an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their artistic talent and creativity.

In all, more than 30 students submitted artwork from a variety of media including photograph, charcoal drawing, and both watercolor and oil painting. This year's winners include third place winner Nicholas Aldridge from Patapsco High School, and second place winner Lisa Goster from the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In first place is Chelsea Geiger, also representing Patapsco High School, with her oil painting entitled Rainy Night.

Contest winner Chelsea Geiger with her parents
Contest winner Chelsea Geiger with her parents

"We thought this wonderful contest provided a great opportunity for 2nd District students to showcase their artistic talents," said Rep. Ruppersberger. "Plus, it gives me a chance to show off how great our 2nd district kids are to other members of Congress."

Ms. Geiger's Rainy Night is a series of three beautifully interpreted nighttime street scenes of Baltimore painted in oil. For her efforts, Ms. Geiger's painting will hang along side other winners from around the county in a tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the Unites States Capitol. Each day, the artwork provides inspiration for hundreds of lawmakers walking through the tunnel on their way to the House floor for debate and votes.

Art Contest Thank You Cake
Thank You Students; An Artistic Discovery

A panel of three professionals from Baltimore's art community served as judges for the contest. Congressman Ruppersberger will invite Chelsea Geiger to spend a day with him in Washington, D.C. this July to celebrate the unveiling of the 2003 student art work exhibition.

Since the first competition in 1982, Members have conducted nearly 5,000 local contests involving more than 650,000 high school students. This impressive exhibit represents the combined efforts of House Members who conducted their local contests and the extraordinary talent of our nation's youth students who participated.