Each congressional representative is able to host a local portion of the competition. Lake Dallas High School’s students compete in Rep. Michael Burgess’ competition as part of the 26th Congressional District. Through the contest, each art viewer can submit one vote per email address for his or her favorite work, with the ultimate winner being named a “Texas Choice” awardee.
Competing Lake Dallas High School students include Maddy Browne (nominated for her artwork “A Warp in Beauty”), Brendon Buchanan (“Self Portrait”), Allie Strong (“Neon Swirl”), Ethan Contreras (“Fused Distraction”) and Emma Sanguinetti (“Emma in Blue and Orange”). All artwork in the competition can be viewed or voted on at this link.
In addition to the online competition, a professional art instructor will select one piece of art from each high school as a “Best of School” award. Up to four additional pieces per school can be chosen as a Juror’s Choice honoree. From all honorees – Texas Choice, Best of School and Juror’s Choice – a grand prize winner and first-place winner will be chosen. The first-place winner will have his or her artwork on display in the Lake Dallas congressional district office for the next year, while the grand prize winner will have artwork on display at the U.S. Capitol for a year. The grand prize winner will also be invited to participate in a national ceremony in Washington, D.C., this summer honoring all winning artists.