PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pikeville High School student is the winner of this year’s Fifth District Congressional Art Competition.
Junior Andrew Justice won the competition with his collage entitled “Youth.” It features a puppy created with scraps of wallpaper and magazine pages.
“Southern and Eastern Kentucky is rich with talented artists and this competition provides a way for our students to see how competitive their artwork can be on a national scale,” said U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. “Andrew’s impressive collage is a two-dimensional work of art with incredible creativity and attention to detail. I will be proud to have his artwork hanging in the U.S. Capitol, representing all of the talented artists in our region.”
The piece will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for the next year, and Justice will receive two airline tickets to attend a reception in Washington D.C. for all of this year’s art contest winners.
“It’s an honor to have my artwork chosen by Congressman Rogers to represent Eastern Kentucky,” Justice said. “My family and I are looking forward to traveling to Washington D.C. We are excited to see my work displayed in such a historic building as the Capitol, it’s an amazing opportunity.”
Justice is the son of Marsha and Shane Justice. His art teacher is Bambi Johnson.
“Andrew has tremendous talent,” Johnson said. “His creativity and his attention to detail is outstanding. It is wonderful for the visual arts to have a contest like this to spotlight high school students like Andrew.”
The Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, was initiated by Congress in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young people living in their districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition.