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Valencia High student wins 2011 Congressional Art Contest

Posted: May 13, 2011 1:00 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2011 1:00 p.m.
“Kayla’s Dream” is Tyler Recchia's winning entry in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition. “Kayla’s Dream” is Tyler Recchia's winning entry in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.
“Kayla’s Dream” is Tyler Recchia's winning entry in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) issued the following statement regarding the 2011 Congressional Art Competition that was recently held in the 25th District of California:

"I am happy to announce that Tyler Recchia is the winner of this year's Congressional art contest, representing the 25th Congressional District. I am looking forward to having the painting arrive in D.C., so that others will be able to walk by the beautiful work, called ‘Kayla's Dream.' The piece will hang in a prominent, high-traffic hallway that constituents from across America and members of Congress use regularly when walking to the Capitol. Tyler is an inspirational young man with a true gift for art."

Tyler Recchia is a senior at Valencia High School. His entry, "Kayla's Dream," is a vibrantly colored oil paint glaze collage on wood, with touches of pen and ink depicting a young teenage girl. Her face is set on a backdrop of wooden panels with images of owls symbolizing her wisdom. It was one of twenty-one submitted in the district.

Recchia will fly to Washington. D.C. in June for the official ceremony scheduled for June 22.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. As a result, the winning work from each Congressional District is displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol.

Below is a description of the runner's up in the competition (listed in alphabetical order).

* Allison Harada, Valencia High senior: "Teenage Wasteland"; colored pencil and newspaper collage. A light-colored pencil rendering of a teen girl's face set against a backdrop of newsprint alluding to the tribulations of gossip.

* Lauren Metelitz, Valencia High junior: "Love Once Forgotten"; watercolor. Bold colored watercolor with vibrant reds depicting a masquerade styled mask with pearls and flowers.

* Elizabeth Patz, Lancaster (homeschooled): "California Dreamer"; color pencil. A blue toned-theme color pencil rendering young boy with surfboard gazing at the ocean.

* Skylar Sullivan, Valencia High junior: "Perseverance through Trial"; conte pastel. A sienna colored rendering of a young teenage girl sitting on a chair exhausted after her ballet practice.

Judges of  the 25th district art competition included Carl Goldman, Patricia McKeon, Margie Anne Clark, Rose Marie Burzynski, Eric Schmidt, Zony Gordon, Paul Strickland, Suzette Martinez and Brett Walter.


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