Gunston junior Amy Fan wins Congressional Art Competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Andy Harris announced the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition on May 11. Nuobing Amy Fan, a junior at The Gunston School in Centreville was named the winner. Fan’s water color painting, which is untitled, depicts a marsh scene on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
“I was impressed by Amy’s ability to illustrate the beauty of the Eastern Shore through her painting, and I am proud to see her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for all to enjoy,” said Harris. “All of this year’s participants were impressive and I thank every student who submitted their work. An abundance of imagination, creativity, and talent was evident in each piece.”
“When I was given this assignment to paint anything that I wanted, I thought about the local scenery. My hometown in China is surrounded by mountains. When I moved to Centreville I was instantly drawn to the water views,” said Fan. “Every day on the way to school we cross a bridge that is surrounded by a marshy creek, which inspired this painting.”
“As an artist, Amy works tirelessly on the details until she is completely satisfied. She often re-works an area several times until she is happy with it,” said Ben Dize, Fan’s art teacher at The Gunston School.
Both the Congressman and a professional artist from his district, Ric Conn of the Queen Anne’s Arts Council, judged the artwork, and the winner was decided by a vote by constituents on Facebook.
Harris and Conn, with the help of constituents throughout the district, also selected a second and third-place winner, while the Congressman’s Facebook followers voted for a “Social Media Fan Favorite” winner. Those winners were: “Spoon” by Matthew Hoffstetter, Gunston School, second place; “Angry Lewis” by Sydney Kay, Queen Anne’s County High School, third place; and Social Media Fan Favorite “Eye of Nefarious Book Cover” by Dominique Ramsey, James M. Bennett High School.
All submissions and winning pieces can be viewed at Harris’ Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/AndyHarrisMD.
Amy Fan’s untitled watercolor placed first in the Congressional Art Competition.