A special message from Congressman Jon Runyan:
Last week I announced the winners of the 2012 Congressional Arts Competition in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. These 5 winners submitted fantastic works of art and each will have the opportunity to show off their work at one of my offices.
This year's Best in Show winner was Jayne Yan of Marlton. She attends Cherokee High School and submitted her piece entitled, "Programmed for Change." Jayne will have the opportunity to be my guest in Washington D.C. to watch her artwork go up on display in the Capitol Building. Her work will then have the opportunity to be admired by the millions of tourists, visitors, Members of Congress, and staff walking the halls of Congress.
The 1st and 2nd Place winners, Allyon Gallagher of Lenape High School and Tapasya Day of St. Andrews School in Delaware, will have the opportunity to display their winning submissions at my District Office in Mount Laurel. Our 3rdPlace winner, Melissa Olt of Lenape High School, and our Honorable Mention, Joshua Foster of Delran High School, will have the opportunity to display their works of art in my district office in Toms River.
The winners of the competition were selected by an independent panel of judges. Our three judges are residents of the 3rdDistrict. Robert Cardona is a fine artist and founder of Hypno Designs in Moorestown New Jersey. Karen Chigounis is the Director of ARTS Education and Associate Curator at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown. The final judge was Diane Felcyn who is the Assistant Director of the Perkins Center, as well as its Education Department's Director.
I am already looking forward to seeing what great pieces of art are entered in next year's competition.