Marcus Whitman student's art is displayed at U.S. Capitol

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Jamie Perrin, a freshman at Marcus Whitman Central School, created this collage self portrait which is on display in the U.S. Capital after the Congressional Art Competition.

Marcus Whitman High School Student’s Work to Hang in United States Capitol

Congressman Tom Reed today announced that Jamie Perrin, a freshman at Marcus Whitman High School in Rushville, is the winner of the 29th District 2012 Congressional Art Competition. Perrin’s work was judged the winner from a field of submissions from high school students throughout the district.

“The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to showcase and recognize the exceptionally talented young people in our area,” Reed said.  “When you look at the art work submitted it is hard to believe that these are high school students and not accomplished adult artists.  I want to congratulate and thank Jamie and all the artists for their first class submissions. ”  

Jamie’s piece titled “Pieces of Me” features a detailed self-portrait using a collage technique.  Having been selected as the 2012 winner, “Pieces of Me” will be put on display in the United States Capitol in Washington.  Additionally, Jamie and her mother will be flown to Washington, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to visit with Congressman Reed and attend a special ceremony honoring art winners from each Congressional District in the United States.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition recognizing the artistic talent in each Congressional District. A panel of judges from Nazareth College selected this year’s winner.  The panel included President Daan Braveman, Professor Ron Netsky, Professor Mitch Messina and student art majors Zullette Hernandez and Paolo Marino.

Additionally, five other student winners were selected to have their artwork displayed in Congressman Reed’s Washington office:

·       Antonio McLaurin, Horseheads High School - “ Waiting for Inspiration”

·       Olivia Vesnesk, Elmira Southside High School - “So Converse”

·       Stephanie Ann Creeley, Corning Painted Post West High School -“Knifed Apples on Raw Canvas”

·       Maureen Flanagan, Pittsford Sutherland High School -“Balloons”

·       Brooke Dunham, Wellsville High School -“The Collection”

“I relish any opportunity to encourage our area’s youth and to promote their diverse interests and talents,” added Reed.   “I am grateful to President Braveman and his team at Nazareth College for their commitment to the arts and their generosity of time in judging this year’s competition.”

Other exceptional artwork created by high school artists from the 29th District can be found by visiting Reed’s website,