Rep. Bass Announces Winners of Annual Congressional Art Competition

May 18, 2016

by Micah's Voice

LOS ANGELES--Congresswoman Karen Bass announced the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition for the 37th Congressional District of California. This year’s first place winner is Khary K. Moore, Jr., a senior at Hamilton High School who also happens to be on the autism spectrum. His mixed-media piece, Liberty for All Men, uses text and abstraction to invoke some of our nation’s founding ideals. After encouraging his students to participate in last year’s competition for the first time, Khary’s instructor, Mr. Obaroene Otitigbe, sought out donations of canvases and materials that enabled 57 of his students to submit work.

His father, Khary Sr., as well as the rest of the family, is excited and proud for Khary. “This is a win not only for my son, but for all families dealing with a child on the autism spectrum. These young people have limitless opportunities if given a chance.”

Isabella Bustanoby, a sophomore at Culver City High School, took second place with her linoleum print entitled For Our Mothers. Her instructor, Ms. Kristine Hatanaka, has had students submit to the art competition consistently for many years, and has had several winners in the past.

Third Place went to Jennifer Magaña, a Crenshaw High School sophomore, for Time Is Running Out, a work created in watercolor on canvas. Her teacher is Crenshaw Lead VAPA Teacher, Ms. Rondalynn Brown. Two students tied for Fourth Place: Stephen Grimes, Jr. of Hamilton High for My Dad, and Yanzehiri Cortez of Manual Arts High School for Positive Mind (teacher Veronica Franco).

“Every year I look forward to seeing the talent and imagination of the young artists living in my district,” said Rep. Bass. “It is a privilege to showcase the work of these students. At the same time, it is an opportunity to call attention to the role of arts education in fostering self-expression, problem-solving and creative thinking.”

Honorable mentions went to seniors Alejandro Cerutti of Culver City High and Julian Nara of Los Angeles High (teacher Sonia Hanson); junior Talayah Henry of Crenshaw High; sophomore Marlene Becerra, a student at the Heart of Los Angeles after-school program (teacher Lillian Cervantes Pacheco); and freshman Jingwen Ni of Santa Monica High School (teacher Cathy Stone).

The 159 entries submitted for the art competition were judged on originality, technical skill, artistic presentation, and meaning as expressed in the artist’s statement. In all, students from 11 different schools and one after-school program took part in the competition: Crenshaw High School, Culver City High School, Hamilton High School, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles, High School, Manual Arts High School, Notre Dame Academy, Santa Monica High School, Soledad Enrichment Academy (SEA) Hyde Park, UCLA Community School, and View Park Preparatory Charter High School. Eligibility is based on a student’s residence rather than the location of the school.

For winning First Place, Khary Moore will receive a $100 cash prize, a trip to Washington, DC, for himself and a parent to attend the national exhibit opening, and a stipend for travel expenses. Khary will have his entry displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Other winners will also receive a cash prize, and teachers with five or more entries will receive a $25 gift card as thanks for their work. All students will receive a certificate of participation and all are invited to celebrate their work at a reception with Ms. Bass. This year the reception was held at The RightWay Foundation in Leimert Park.

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