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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Fauquier Student Wins Fifth District Congressional Art Competition

May 16, 2018
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2018)—Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett (R-Scottsville) announced that the winner of this year’s Fifth District Congressional Art Competition is Gwyneth Hoffman, a senior at the Wakefield School in Fauquier. Ms. Hoffman submitted a colored pencil drawing, titled “Old Man,” which depicts the face of an elderly gentleman. Her art teacher at the Wakefield School is Gary Genther. 

In announcing the results of the annual competition, Congressman Garrett said:

“I want to thank all the students who participated in our annual competition and congratulate Gwyneth Hoffman on her winning drawing.  It was a real privilege to view these young artists’ work, which demonstrates their tremendous skill and creativity. Gwyneth is a truly gifted artist, and millions of people will get to see her work in the U.S. Capitol this year. We had many great entries, and I’m happy to recognize the Fifth District’s young artists for their hard work and dedication.”

In accepting the honor of having her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year, Hoffman said:

"I am extremely honored for this amazing opportunity. When learning that my piece, ‘Old Man,’ was chosen as the winner, I was genuinely shocked and completely ecstatic.  I have loved to draw for virtually my whole life, but I never expected to receive such recognition. My piece, ‘Old Man,’ is an artistic rendering inspired by a photograph taken by Steve McCurry.  My art class was instructed by my art teacher, Mr. Gary Genther, to find a striking image to regenerate. I was excited to push myself technically when trying to capture my image. To me, art has always been about challenging myself to try new methods and to use different media.”

“As I continue my artistic career, I will strive to progress in my own abilities by carrying on what I have learned in the past, and by gaining new knowledge in the future. I would like to thank my parents for the frequent trips to art stores for paper, pencils, and paints; my art teachers at Wakefield School who helped me grow as an artist; and finally, the Art Advisory Board and Congressman Tom Garrett for selecting my artwork. This is both a unique and amazing experience and a tremendous honor."

Congressman Garrett also announced the following additional awards:

2nd Place

Spring Vines Cleanse the Soul” by Andrew Gibson
Gretna High School – 9th Grade
Colored pens, colored pencils, colored markers

3rd Place

A Serious Dog” by Lillian Encarnation
Monticello High School – 11th Grade

Honorable Mention

Bowl of Fruit” by Sophia Tammera
Highland School – 11th Grade

Congressman Garrett invited all high school student in the Fifth Congressional District to submit an entry to the annual art contest. An Art Advisory Board, comprised of local artists, art gallery owners and photographers judged the forty entries. The competition was part of the annual “Congressional Art Competition.” This nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by members of Congress, gives high school artists the opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity. For more details about the Congressional Art Competition, please click HERE.