WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced Anica Xie, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School, as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for the 15th District.
Anica’s artwork, entitled “Black Lives Matter,” will be sent to Washington, D.C. and displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The second and third place pieces will be displayed in the Congressman’s Castro Valley office.
“Anica’s piece perfectly captures the pain and progress of the Black Lives Matter movement and I am thrilled to have it represent our district in the halls of Congress,” Swalwell said. “Time and time again I am blown away by the artistic talent of the high school students in our district and this year’s competition was no exception. I want to congratulate Anica on this prestigious honor and look forward to displaying the other winning pieces in my district office.”
This year’s competition saw 54 entries from different high school students throughout California’s 15th Congressional District. Entries were reviewed by a panel of local judges, including Winda Shimizu, Executive Director of the Hayward Arts Council, Bonnie Stipe, Lead Painting Instructor at Chabot College, and Anne Giancola, the Visual Arts Manager at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.
The top 3 finalists are:
1st place: Anica Xie, Amador Valley High School, “Black Lives Matter“
2nd place: Hannah McCutcheon, Dougherty Valley High School, “Discovering Your Identity”
3rd place: Emily Chao, Amador Valley High School, “Memories of Perseverance”
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