Kalyn Peterson Wins Congressional Art Competition

Left: “Sad Clown on Cardboard” by Kalyn Peterson. Top right: “Waits” by Royal Duyndam. Middle right: ““They Call Her Epiphany” by Cheyenne Autumn Baxter. Lower right: “Teenage Wasteland” by Mira Eagle Weidman.

Kalyn Peterson, a junior at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in California’s Second Congressional District. Her painting is entitled “Sad Clown on Cardboard.” “I am proud that so many high school students submitted art to the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. This is a unique opportunity for a North Coast student to join her peers across the nation in showcasing their art in the U.S. Capitol Building,” said Congressman Jared Huffman at a reception for finalists in his San Rafael District Office. “I’d like to congratulate Kalyn Peterson for her outstanding entry and to recognize all of the participants for their hard work and dedication to the arts,” he said. The three finalists were Royal Duyndam, a sophomore from Analy High School in Sebastopol, who won with his drawing “Waits.” Cheyenne Autumn Baxter, a sophomore from the Charter Academy of the Redwoods in Ukiah, won with her drawing “They Call Her Epiphany.” Mira Eagle Weidman, a senior from Northcoast Preparatory Academy in Arcata, won with her painting, “Teenage Wasteland.” The judges included Mark Perlman, art professor at Sonoma State University; Suzanne Joyal, director of Artists in Schools at Marin Youth in Arts; and Sharon Maidenberg, executive director of Headlands Center for the Arts. The judges selected the winning painting because of the “intentionality of each brushstroke,” use of color, and technique. The congressional art contest has been held annually  since 1982. The winning artwork will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, along with artwork from each congressional district in the country. Kalyn Peterson, the winner of the competition, will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new display on June 26. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition.
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