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Congressman Paul Ryan Announces 2011 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Westosha Central High School’s James Schwab’s ‘Daydreamer’ to be displayed in U.S. Capitol

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May 04, 2011 | Kevin Seifert (202-225-3031) | comments

Congressman Paul Ryan and James Schwab the 2011 First District Congressional Art Competition winner.
WASHINGTON – In a ceremony earlier this week at the Olde Towne Mall in Janesville, Congressman Paul Ryan recognized James Schwab as the winner of this year’s First District Congressional Art Competition.

A senior from Westosha Central High School, James was selected for his entry Daydreamer. In describing the submission, James said: “Daydreamer is a self-portrait.  It was a largely experimental process for me… Overall, I wanted to use unique styles and materials that would create an eye-catching piece.” James’ art teacher at Westosha Central High School is Vincent Kuepper.

At the ceremony, Congressman Ryan added: “Every year I am amazed by the talents and creative abilities of the high school artists in the First District. This year, James’ artwork will be seen by countless visitors while on display in the Capitol. I am grateful that so many young artists took this opportunity to showcase their gifts again this year. There were many worthy submissions and that’s a testament to the teachers, who have undoubtedly helped develop their students’ skills.”

Congressman Ryan invited every high school in the First Congressional District to submit entries to the annual art contest, and a panel of local artists judged the entries.  This nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by Members of Congress, provides high school artists with an opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity. Since it began in 1982, over 650,000 students have taken part in the annual competition.

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