Courtney von Savoye, a Concord High School freshman, won this year's 7th Congressional Art Contest, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), and her artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol building.
Von Savoye's work, "Pepper Values," is a charcoal still life which a panel of judges put at the top of the 61 submissions based on originality, technique, medium, use of space and creative vision. She will be flown, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C., to attend a national reception this summer for Congressional Art Contest winners from across the country.
Her artwork will be displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel running between the U.S. Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building, alongside pieces selected from each congressional district.
"My colleagues and I walk past the student work on our way to votes in the Capitol and it really adds something to our day. I'm proud to have the opportunity to share Courtney's work with my colleagues and the tens of thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol. Congratulations are due to Courtney and to all the students who submitted art this year."
In addition to the winning artwork, Miller also announced that Natalie Steeley of Pinole Valley High School won the Facebook Fan competition with 537 votes for her work, "Floral Tranquility," which will hang in Miller's Concord office.
Clayton Valley High School student Alyssa Gavidia was also recognized as a Facebook Fan Favorite
The contest is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition that showcases the artistic talents of students across the country.