Lakeridge senior wins Schrader art contest
Sophie Cowden honored for 'Squishy Face' in Salem
An 18-year-old Lakeridge High School student pocketed the grand prize in the Kurt Schrader Congressional Art Competition.
Senior Sophie Cowden was lauded during a ceremony last week in Salem for her acrylic painting, Squishy Face.
The work is of a girl holding up her hands and squishing her face, and its a bright, playful piece, said her father, Steve Cowden.
It will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year with more than 400 pieces of art from students throughout the nation. There will be an awards ceremony within the coming weeks in Washington, D.C.
Im really proud of her, Cowden said. Its awesome. Im a professional artist, too, so I never pushed her because I know its a difficult field to get into. She just did it on her own.
She plans to major in art at the University of Montana this fall.
Lakeridge junior Wolfgang Schildmeyer received second place and Lakeridge junior Megan Johansen took home third.
Schildmeyer and Johansens winning entries will be displayed in U.S. Rep. Kurt Schraders offices for a year.
The Congressional Institute, a not-for-profit corporation, sponsors the contest for high schoolers across the country. More than 650,000 students have participated since the contests creation in 1982. Students submit works to their representatives office, and panels of experts select the winners. Each congressional district has a winner.
Media categories include: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art works and photos. Each entry must be original.
Artwork must be two-dimensional and no larger than 28 by 28 by 4 inches and no heavier than 15 pounds when framed, and they must be framed.
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For more information on the competition, visit house.gov/content/educate/art_competition or call field representative Megan McKibben, at Schraders Oregon City office, at 503-557-1324.Add a comment