The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) congratulates students in the Visual Arts department for receiving awards in the Congressional Art Competition for Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. Congressman Michael Guest presented the awards at a recent ceremony.

Representative Michael Guest, Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District (Natchez-Jackson-Starkville)

Each spring, a nation wide high school art competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

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, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students, including home-schooled youth, in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. The overall winner of the district competition has their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington also includes artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

Artwork entered in the contest includes Paintings – including oil, acrylics and watercolor; Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers; Collage; Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints; Mixed Media; Computer-Generated Art; Photography.

Darion Jones, a senior from Jackson, Mississippi, placed 3rd in Drawing “Perspective” | Lucie Cooper, a senior from Jackson, placed 1st in Painting “The Beauty of Hardship” | Lydia Taylor, a senior from Olive Branch, placed 2nd in Painting “Y’all I Just Like the Woods” | Hannah Arnold, a senior from Brookhaven, placed 3rd in Painting “Two” | Ashlyn Moore, a junior from Collins, placed 2nd in Mixed Media “Sleep” | Elizabeth Wynne, a senior from Pickens, placed 3rd in Mixed Media “All Tomorrow’s Parties” | Annalee Hanson, a senior from Saucier, placed 1st in Photography “Seeing Glass” | Jaden Denson, a senior from Lousiville, placed 3rd in Photography “Brain Fuzz” | Morgan Sanford, a senior from Crystal Springs, placed 1st in Digital Art “Sunshine”


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