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Madison Student Wins Congressional Art Competition for 5th District

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Sheridan Santinga’s Calico Summer Sheridan Santinga’s Calico Summer
Yiyi Wei's 'Tracking Civilization' Yiyi Wei's 'Tracking Civilization'
Alexa Massey's Meet Virginia Alexa Massey's Meet Virginia
Lindsay Knights' Blue Ridge Early Spring Lindsay Knights' Blue Ridge Early Spring
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A Madison County High School student is the 2015 Congressional Art Competition winner for Virginia's 5th District. 

Senior Sheridan Santinga submitted a painting called "Calico Summer." Sheridan will be honored during a reception for all of the congressional district first place winners and her artwork will be displayed in the Capitol for one year.

This year's theme was "Landscapes of Virginia."

Yiyi Wei, a senior at St. Anne's Belfield School, won second place with 'Tracking Civilization.' Cumberland High School senior Alexa Massey was awarded third place for 'Meet Virginia,' and Lindsay Knights, a William Monroe High School sophomore, received an honorable mention for her work, 'Blue Ridge Early Spring.'


Congressman Robert Hurt News Release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today announced the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Virginia's Fifth District. You may view all artwork entered into the Fifth District's competition here.

This spring, students from across Virginia's Fifth District submitted their artwork to the 34th Annual Congressional Art Competition for the opportunity to represent the Fifth District in our nation's Capitol with their artistic talents. The theme for the Fifth District's competition was Landscapes of Virginia. A panel of judges from Virginia's Fifth District ranging from professional photographers to college art instructors and art enthusiasts chose the winner, whose artwork will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol.

Congressman Hurt said, “I am pleased to announce that this year's winner is Sheridan Santinga, a senior at Madison County High School. Her artwork,Calico Summer, is an impressive rendering of a summer day in Madison County. Sheridan's artwork will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol where her talent will be witnessed by the thousands of people who visit each year. She will attend a reception in Washington, where she will be honored along with the first place winners from each congressional district across the country. Congratulations to Sheridan on receiving First Place. I was very impressed with all of the art submitted and enjoyed seeing the creativity of each artist, and I thank all of the students who participated in this competition for their exceptional entries and for contributing to the artistic culture of our communities throughout Virginia's Fifth District.”

Ms. Santinga said, “Representing my congressional district through the art competition is an immense honor, but also an opportunity to communicate on a deeper level, the real significance of Madison County. My piece is not simply a painting that attempts to capture the serene beauty of Madison's stunning land. It's a tribute to Madison's history, the people who have created it, and the ever present culture that continually thrives with strength and love. When the blossoming colors of nature, such as those found during a Madison County summer, and a continually dedicated community of people exist in one place, there is a loving connection that speaks volumes. What I tried to capture, was Madison County -- the land, the sound, the smell of the earth's perfection, but also the home, the life, and the dedication of the people who have fostered its beauty. This place and the people who share a bond with it have always been an inspiration to me, and my only hope is that I was able to communicate all that the community and land mean to me through the strokes of my paint brush.”

Yiyi Wei, a senior at St. Anne's Belfield School, won Second Place with Tracking Civilization. Cumberland High School senior Alexa Massey was awarded Third Place for her piece, Meet Virginia, and Lindsay Knights, a William Monroe High School sophomore, received an Honorable Mention for her work, Blue Ridge Early Spring.

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