Congressman Denham Announces 10th Congressional District Art Competition Winner

(Modesto, CA) — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced Central Catholic High School student Madeleline Gini as the winner of the 2013 10th Congressional District Art Competition during a reception showcasing all student artwork entries at the Chartreuse Muse Gallery and Art School in Modesto.

“It’s amazing to see the amount of talent and creativity these students bring to this competition every year,” said Congressman Denham. “The Congressional Art Competition is a great way to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of our community’s young artists, and I’m privileged to share the talent of California’s Central Valley with our nation’s capital. I applaud the work of every participant and wish them luck in their future endeavors.”

Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation.

The Modesto-native will represent the 10th District at a Congressional reception with winners from across the country at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., this summer, where her first-place entry, “The Valley will Bloom,” will be hung for one year.

The second-place award was presented to Flex Maxim Dalit from Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, CA, for his artwork entitled “Reverie of the Hummingbirds.”  A third-place tie was declared for Ceres students Gerardo Paez and John Butler, both students at Ceres High School, for their submissions of “The Bird and the Flower” and “Teddy,” respectively.  All second- and third-place winning artwork will be showcased in Rep. Denham’s Modesto office for a year.

The winners were chosen by this year’s judging panel: Sandra Venneman and Ellen Roehne, owners of the Chartreuse Muse, Jennifer Price, Chartreuse Muse gallery manager, and Henrietta Sparkman, retired Central Valley art teacher.

Rep. Denham received twenty-eight entries from high school students throughout Stanislaus and southern San Joaquin counties for this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  At the Modesto event, all entries were on display for public viewing at the Chartreuse Muse Gallery.  Following the public viewing of the artwork, winners were announced, and the event concluded with a reception for participating students, their art teachers, families and the judges.