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PAWTUCKET â€” Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students at an award ceremony held this week in his District Office. The art competition is part of a national initiative that provides high school art students the opportunity to have their creative work acknowledged and the honor of having their work displayed in the United States Capitol.
The student finalists in Rhode Islandâ€™s First Congressional District were Bean Costa of Pawtucket, Nicholas Dellasanta of Little Compton, Rosabel Forte of Providence, Brynn Carley of Barrington, and Rebekah Sullivan of Slatersville.
The art piece of the first place winner, Bean Costa, will be displayed in the United States Capitol, and Costa will receive round-trip airline tickets donated by Southwest Airlines to Washington, DC in order to attend the national reception and view her artwork on display in the Capitol.
The second-place winner was Brynn Carley. Carleyâ€™s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Cicillineâ€™s office in Washington, DC.
The runners up, Nicholas Dellasanta, Rosabel Forte and Rebekah Sullivan, all received Congressional Recognition for their work, and their artwork will be displayed in the Congressmanâ€™s district office in Pawtucket.
â€śI am proud to have such artistic talent in our state and to be able to celebrate that creativity. The artwork we received from the students is beautiful and I am glad we can provide these students with the opportunity to have their creative work displayed,â€ť said Cicilline.
The judges for the competition were Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Executive Director Randy Rosenbaum and Community Arts Program Director Elena Calderon Patino. The submissions were judged on creativity, originality, technical skill, subject matter and creative impact. The judges made comments on each of the work of the finalists. With regard to Costa, the judges said:
Self-Portrait by Bean Costa
Â· Makes you ask: â€śWhat is she brooding over? What is she thinking?â€ť
Â· Lots of emotion in the piece
Sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the art competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents across the nation. Congressman Cicillineâ€™s Office coordinated the competition locally.