Phoebe Sarandos of Shelburne, a student at Champlain Valley Union High School, won third place at the 38th annual Congressional Art Competition for her watercolor, “After School.” The award was presented by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) May 3 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.
“I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont,” Rep. Welch said.
The nationwide visual art competition, initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords, celebrates and encourages the artistic talents of high school students across the country. Winning pieces are displayed for a year in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol and House office buildings – a route traveled daily by members of Congress, their staffs and visitors from around the world.
All Vermont students who participated in the competition are offered automatic admission to the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a two-week intensive arts program.
In this year’s competition there were 157 student entries representing 36 high schools across Vermont.