Congressman Andy Barr Announces Winner of Congressional Art Contest

Bryan Station High School Student Salvador Hernandez’s photography piece, “Colors in Ice,” Receives Top Honor

April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr today announced that Bryan Station High School student Salvador Hernandez is the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.  The winning photography piece, “Colors in Ice,” will be displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol along with winning art from other congressional districts across the country for the next year. Pictures from the event can be downloaded here.

“I am honored to highlight all of our students’ artistic work through this year’s Artistic Discovery art competition,” said Congressman Barr.  “This year’s submissions reflect the unbelievable talent of the students in the Sixth District. Congratulations to all the students who participated and thank you to the Living Arts & Science Center for their help with the competition.”[[{"fid":"518","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congressman Barr Awards Art Competition Winner","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"tagName":"IMG","src":"https%3A//","type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Congressman Barr Awards Art Competition Winner","class":"media-element file-default","style":"width: 400px; height: 267px; float: right;"}}]]

Salvador will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines to see his winning piece hanging in the Capitol and to be honored at a Congressional Reception.

Last year, Bryan Station High School Student Gabriel M. Baczkowski’s piece, “Atticus,” was selected to represent the Sixth District.

“Each time I walk past Gabe’s artwork on my way to vote in the Capitol, I am reminded of the creativity and skill that Kentucky’s young artists possess,” said Congressman Barr.  “It is always a point of pride to show visitors the winning piece from our district.  ‘Colors in Ice’ will be a welcome addition to the halls of the Capitol, and I look forward to hosting Salvador in Washington, D.C. for the national reception.”

The Congressional Art Competition was open to all local high school students in the Sixth Congressional District, which includes 19 counties across central and eastern Kentucky.  

Congressman Barr was once again pleased to work with Heather Lyons and her team at the Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) on the 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition.  Gallery Director and nationally recognized artist Jeffrey Nichols and LASC Art Education Coordinator Sarah Campbell  were judges for the competition.

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 competition encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of young Americans.  Students are encouraged to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces.