Amador Valley Student Wins Swalwell Congressional Art Competition | New
“I thought it would be a cool experience to try my luck myself,” Xie said. “Preparing a play takes a lot of thought and fine-tuning. “
Xie said she was “shocked” that her work won top honors.
“I looked at a lot of other artwork that was submitted, including the second and third place pieces, and the competition was really tough,” she said. “Each piece was extremely eye-catching and moving.”
This year, 54 applications were received. Hannah McCutcheon of Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon for “Discovering Your Identity” was second and Emily Chao, also from Amador Valley High, for “Memories of Perseverance”.
“Black Lives Matter” will be shipped to Washington, DC, and displayed on the United States Capitol for one year. The second and third place pieces will hang in the office of US Representative Eric Swalwell in Castro Valley.
“Anica’s article perfectly captures the pain and progress of the Black Lives Matter movement, and I am delighted that he represents our district in the halls of Congress,” said Swalwell. “Time and time again I have been blown away by the artistry of the high school students in our district and this year’s competition was no exception.
The art competition judges included Winda Shimizu, Executive Director of the Hayward Arts Council; Bonnie Stipe, main teacher in painting at Chabot College; and Anne Giancola, head of visual arts at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.