Bellefonte student wins top prize in Congressional Art Competition

PHOTO PROVIDED First Place winner, Megan Smith, is shown with her artwork titled “Spoons.”

BELLEFONTE – Megan Smith, a 12th-grader at Bellefonte Area High School, has been named the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, according to U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.

Megan won for her watercolor/multimedia submission titled “Spoons.”

An independent panel of judges selected Megan’s work from 39 entries, which is one of the largest groups of students to participate in Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District art competition.

Megan’s artwork will be displayed in a special exhibit in the U.S. Capitol for one year with winners from each congressional district in the nation. She is invited to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. with other winners, which will take place in June.

Taking second place in the competition was Isabella Corman, a ninth grade student at Bellefonte Area High School. Her watercolor/multimedia submission is titled “Silverware.”

And taking third place was Anna Grace Catherman, a home-schooled ninth grader from Clearfield. Her entry in the photography division is titled, “Gypsy Glow.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

The winners were announced during an exhibit at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois.

“Congratulations to Megan on winning first place in the annual Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition,” Rep. Thompson said. “I look forward to seeing her work hang in the tunnel to the Capitol with winners from throughout the country. It truly is a phenomenal year-long exhibit. I am proud of each of the 39 contestants and I hope all those who are eligible enter this fantastic competition again next year.”