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Wooddale student wins Congressional Art Competition

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

JayWilliamsArt-600"The Rhythm of Memphis" is headed for a one-year run in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol.

The artwork is the handiwork of Jay Williams, a 17-year-old senior at Wooddale High School. On Tuesday (April 30), Williams emerged as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

"Jay Williams' artwork embodies the culture of Memphis," said Congressman Steve Cohen, who announced Williams' selection.

"His piece, which is a drawn collage of scenes in Memphis that includes Rudy Williams, an Orpheum logo, a Beale Street sign and the downtown trolley, shows how amazing and accomplished some of our young artists are throughout our city. I was proud to select Jay Williams as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition."

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional District. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.

Students submit entries to their Representative's office, and the member of Congress selects the winning entry, which is then displayed for one year in the Capitol. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Since the art competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Learn more about the art competition.

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