Bradley Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition

For Immediate Release - Thursday, June 29, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

(Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley has announced the winners of the First Congressional District's 2006 "An Artistic Discovery" art competition, sponsored this year by the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

"The 'An Artistic Discovery' competition is one of the highlights of my work in Congress," said Bradley. "The First Congressional District has a great number of talented high school artists and I congratulate all of the students who participated in this year's competition. They showed a great depth of creativity and should be proud of their artistic abilities."

"An Artistic Discovery" is the official art competition sponsored annually by the Congressional Art Caucus. Winning pieces are selected from participating congressional districts across the country and are placed on display at the United States Capitol in June for one year.

Twenty-seven student artists from high schools in Gilford, Goffstown, Hampton, Londonderry, Manchester, Northwood, Rochester, Somersworth and Wolfeboro participated in this year's competition. The artwork was judged by Roger Williams, President of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Susan Strickler, Director of the Currier Museum of Art. The artwork was on display at the NHIA's Fuller Hall for several weeks in May.

The following awards were presented to the student winners:

First Place

Veronica Bouchard of Manchester, a sophomore at ManchesterMemorial High School

Pastel entitled, "Math and Me"

Her piece was professionally framed by E.W.Poore Art Center in Manchester and will be displayed in the U.S.Capitol. Southwest Airlines flew Veronica and two guests to Washington, D.C. for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Congressional Art Competition this month.

Second Place

Melissa Ouimete of Manchester, a junior at Manchester High School Central

White charcoal entitled, "Still Life with Orange"

NHIA Scholarship Recipient

Amanda Grearson of Hampton, a senior at Winnacunnet High School, received a scholarship to the New Hampshire Institute of Art for her mixed media entitled, "New Slang - The Shins."

Currier Museum of ArtScholarship Recipient

Marlee Bruning of Manchester, a sophomore at Manchester High School Central, received a scholarship to the Currier Museum of Art for her charcoal entitled, "Untitled."