The Art Institute of Indianapolis Hosts Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ Congressional Art Show

By: Abby Shaffer

May 10, 2018

Indianapolis May 10, 2018 – The Art Institute of Indianapolis (Ai Indy), a non-profit institution, proudly hosted the 5th District Congressional Art Competition in the school’s gallery. Congresswoman Susan Brooks announced Jiwon Yu, a sophomore at Carmel High School, this year's district winner. Yu was awarded a scholarship to The Art Institute of Indianapolis and will attend the national Congressional Art Show reception in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2018.

Jiwon Yu of Carmel High School wins the 5th District Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Yu’s piece, “Adolescence Womanhood,” created with colored pencils, depicted her life growing up in Indiana.  “I wanted to portray how I felt when I first moved here from Korea in fourth grade,” said Yu. “There were phases of confusion and adventure to discovering who I am.” 

“Adolescence Womanhood,” by Jiwon Yu

Ai Indy Instructor Diane Staver, M.F.A. one of the judges, said of Yu’s work, “Colored pencils can be tricky but Jiwon mastered the technique. She communicated her story very well through the piece.”

The young artists joined by their families and art educators were treated to refreshments by Ai Indy culinary students.   

The following artists were honored at the reception. Their work will hang in Congresswoman Susan Brooks” office:

2nd Place: “Grace Behind the Lace” by Amanda Englert, Pike High School junior

3rd Place: “Edna, Missing You Darling” by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern Howard High School sophomore

4th Place: “Alleyway in Fortville” by Madison Schade, Hamilton Southeastern High School junior Honorable Mention: “The Next Play, Running Back #24” by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern Howard High School sophomore

Honorable Mention: “Freedom” by Joshua Bull, Liberty Christian School freshman

Honorable Mention: “Sanctuary” by Chayton Davidson, Hamilton Southeastern junior

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By: Abby Shaffer

May 10, 2018