An Otsego County student’s artwork may be featured in an upcoming year-long display in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.w, organizers said on Sunday.
More than 100 pieces of art were submitted to the Cooperstown Art Association for the annual Congressional Art Competition and are now on display in the Cooperstown gallery’s exhibit, “An Artistic Discovery.” Janet Erway, director of the Cooperstown Art Association, said it is part of a nationwide competition to promote and support creativity among high school students.
“The Cooperstown Art Association is so happy to highlight our local students’ talent and would like to thank all the schools and students who participated,” Erway said in a Tuesday press release.
Erway said six Otsego County students received an Award of Merit and will submit their artwork to Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, where it will be considered alongside entries from the other counties, including Delaware and Schoharie, in the 19th Congressional District. The winning piece, Erway said, will represent District 19 and will be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.
Erway said the competition, which is sponsored by Gibson this year, gives student artists the chance to see their work hung up, where their peers and community will see it. It is vital to give students a place for their work to be seen and appreciated, she said.
“Unfortunately, in today’s school systems, art and music have much less emphasis,” Erway said. “That’s why competitions and exhibits like this one are so important … they foster and encourage that creativity.”
Erway said students from Otsego County brought in their artwork on March 1, with a grand opening of the exhibit on March 7. The jurors this year were Ron Lytel of Cooperstown, Phil Young of Oneonta and Jessica Marx of Cherry Valley, she said. Pieces were hung without a name or title and judged anonymously.