5/16/18—Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and congressional districts. This year, Girls Preparatory School (GPS) senior Phoebe M.’s painting placed first for the Tennessee district and will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
The work, Watercolor Window, was done in oils and painted from a photo Phoebe took of a friend riding on a bus with fogged windows. “I remember when Phoebe brought this picture to me,” shared Julie Deavers, GPS art teacher. “She told me the story of how she captured this image and that she wanted to paint it—bubbling with excitement. Fast forward two years later to a much more confident and skilled artist, Phoebe decides to tackle this painting […] Of course she handled it beautifully, and this painting is evidence of how much she has grown as an artist.”
Phoebe’s entry was selected by a panel of district artists for national consideration. She was awarded two plane tickets to attend the opening reception and award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June 2018.