Freshman Paints Way into Capitol

Maria Ruiz

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize artistic talent in each congressional district. This past month, Congressman Tom Price awarded Chattahoochee’s Robert Hunter (FR) first place in the 6th District Congressional Art Competition.  His painting entitled, “Guardian of America,” will be displayed at the United States capitol for one year.

“I’ve been painting for five years because it gives me the opportunity to express myself. I chose to submit this piece in particular because it has political meaning,” stated Hunter.

This year’s competition consisted of 40 pieces of student’s artwork from seven schools in both Fulton County as well as portions of Cobb County. Second place was awarded to “Gastown” by Su Min Lee of Johns Creek High School, while third place was given to “Bustling Streets” by Amy Rhee from Mt. Pisgah Christian School.

The award ceremony was held at the Roswell Visual Arts Center over the weekend of April 16. At the ceremony, The Atlanta Art Institute offered $23,000 worth of scholarships to the top three finalists, while the Savannah College of Art and Design awarded $3,000 in scholarships to the first place winner, Robert Hunter.  

“We’re pleased to announce that his painting will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Our second and third place winners, as well as our honorable mentions, will be on display in my Roswell office. A huge congratulations to Robert and all of this year’s artists for their brilliant work,” said Congressman Price.

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