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News & Observer - Winning Art Shown in Capitol

August 12, 2012
In The News

Four young artists were named Fourth District winners of the Congressional Art Competition.

Students from the district, which is represented by U.S. Rep. David Price and includes parts of Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham counties, were invited to submit paintings, drawings, photographs and prints for the annual competition.

The first place winner from the Fourth District was Branden James, a student at Southern High School in Durham. His drawing, titled "Mechanics," earned him a $1,500 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond as well as airfare for a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the opening of an exhibit featuring the national contest's winning entries. Branden's artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

Kristen Hutchinson, a student at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, won second place, and her art will be displayed in Rep. Price's Washington, D.C., office.

The third place winner was Sonya Zhang of Green Hope High School in Cary. Her art will be displayed in Price's Raleigh office.

Blair Torres of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh earned honorable mention, and her artwork will be displayed in Price's Durham office.