April 24—ALBANY ─ Tyler Miller, a junior from Dougherty Comprehensive High School, will have the opportunity to see his artwork displayed at the United States Capitol this summer after winning the Congressional Art Contest for the Second Congressional District from Georgia.
U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, recently presented the award to Miller at the Albany Museum of Art.
“I’m pretty excited to win,” Miller said after the announcement.
This is the 40th year of the Congressional Art Competition, a national visual art competition for high school students that is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. The winning work from each participating district is taken to Washington, DC, where the works are displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel, a busy hallway that connects the Cannon Office Building to the United States Capitol.
“It’s very busy, and visitors who pass by look at it (the artwork) every day,” Bishop said. “I found myself stopping to watch some of the plays because we have some incredibly talented young people across this country. Georgia is certainly well represented among the talented, and of course the second congressional district always makes me proud. “
In addition to recognition in their respective districts, Miller and the other district winners will be invited to the annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Albany Museum of Art makes this trip possible for the winning student in the second district of the Congress by providing airfare and hotel accommodations for the young artist and a parent. The AMA is also offering a purchase price of $250 for the winning entry.
“Investing in the youth of our community and region is an important mission of the Albany Museum of Art,” said Director Andrew J. Wulf. “Through this long-standing partnership with Congressman Bishop, we are able to facilitate a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Tyler and others. These young people will have the opportunity to witness their creativity displayed inspired, on display for thousands to view in the nation’s capital.Through this experience, these children will gain confidence in knowing their voice is important and heard through their creative expression.
Miller said it would be his first opportunity to visit the nation’s capital.
“I don’t travel a lot, so I’m excited,” he said.
In addition to Miller, three Second District high school artists were recognized at the awards ceremony and reception.
Andrea Smith, also a student at Dougherty High School, won second place for her untitled colored pencil drawing. Odalis Dominguez-Aguazul, a sophomore at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts in Columbus, won third place for her graphite drawing “Fly Away.” Jared Gray, a senior from Kendrick High School in Columbus, won an honorable mention for his work “Dynamic Display.”
Miller won with an untitled pencil drawing that used dark grays, dramatic warm colors and intricate detail to depict the weathered facial features and hands of a man lighting a cigarette in the dark. He said his mother, who teaches art, encouraged him to tackle work that was “a little more difficult for me because she felt like I wasn’t challenged . That was my inspiration.”
Bishop said the arts play an important role in society and the development of young people. Since its inception in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has seen the participation of more than 650,000 high school students across the United States.
“It (art) captures our culture and allows our youth to express their creativity and a sense of who we are as a people right now,” the congressman said. “I think we have some of the best, some of the brightest, some of the most creative young people in the world, and I’m excited to show off their talents.”