Congresswoman Lois Frankel announced the winners of her first Congressional High School Art Competition for Florida's 22nd congressional district.
The Congressional Award Ceremony was held Wednesday at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
The following students were recognized for their work at the ceremony:
1st Place - Conner O'Byrne, who attends Pine Crest School, for his photograph entitled "Seeking Human Kindness." The purpose of the image, according to O'Byrne, is to show and explore the mindset of our society to habitually put those in need in the back of our minds, even when they are right in front of us.
2nd Place - Devon Horn, who attends North Broward Preparatory School, for his acrylic painting, "Trevor Haubner."
3rd Place - Alexandre Diaz, who attends Forest Hill Community High School, for his charcoal drawing, "Brave Heart."
"Congratulations to art competition winner Conner O'Byrne and all the students from Florida's 22nd congressional district who participated in the Congressional Art Competition," said Frankel. "Our student artists are extraordinarily talented and creative. As a fellow artist and avid supporter of the arts and arts education, I am proud of all the students who submitted artwork."
Honorable mentions include:
- Irina Bit-Bakik, who attends Nova High School, for her work, "The Last Tango," an acrylic painting.
- Nicole Cohen, who attends The Benjamin School, for her work, "Following Gatsby," a digital photograph.
- Emely Estevez, who attends Plantation High School, for her work, "Cubism Animal," an acrylic painting.
- Charles Krumholz, who attends Dreyfoos School of the Arts, for his work, "Portrait of Robert," an acrylic painting.
Art work of the winning artist and every student who competed in the art competition will be on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art until May 26.
The competition winner, O’Byrne, and one guest will receive round-trip airfare tickets to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. on June 26 to open the 2013 National Art Exhibit.
Conner's winning photograph then will be on display in the U.S. Capitol complex.