San Ramon sophomore wins McNerney's 11th District art competition

2 from Foothill High finish 2nd and 3rd with Amador, Dublin students gaining 'honorable mentions'

Winnie Chang, a sophomore at California High School in San Ramon, has been named the winner in the 11th Congressional District art competition for her oil painting entitled "Oh California Poppies! - Our State Flower."

She was the second place winner in last year's competition, an annual event sponsored by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

Her artwork will hang in the busy corridor that connects the Cannon House Office Building with the Capitol, used daily by members of Congress and visitors to Washington, D.C. In addition, she is being offered a free trip with a guest of her choice to Washington, D.C., to attend an awards ceremony on June 17.

Foothill High School junior Nari Kim placed second in the competition for her pastel painting entitled "Moood," while Caroline Kim, a junior at Foothill, took third place for her acrylic painting entitled "American Hero at Haiti."

"The Art Competition is a great opportunity for talented high school students in our community to showcase their work in an art gallery and meet other young artists from the area," McNerney said. "I'm always impressed by the talent and creativity of our students, and this year was no exception."

The art competition was held Saturday at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy. The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Members of Congress host competitions among high school students in their districts. The winning entries are then displayed in the Capitol for a year.

"My congratulations to all the students who participated and especially to the winner of this year's competition, Winnie Chang," said McNerney. "I look forward to seeing her piece hanging in the U.S. Capitol."

Honorable mentions were awarded to Youjin An of Dublin and a sophomore at Dublin High School for a watercolor painting entitled "Mister Rooster," and to Julia Ye Rim Park, of Pleasanton and a junior at Amador Valley High School, for a watercolor painting entitled "Fairyland With Horses."

Judges included Pleasanton artist Tricia Leonard; Tracy Arts Commissioner Michael Hays; Lucinda Kasser, associate professor in the Visual Arts department at the University of the Pacific, and Amy Whelan, a Library, Arts and Culture commissioner in Morgan Hill.

--Staff reports

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by M
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Winnie Change~ how do I get a hold of you? I'd love to commission you for a California Poppies painting.

Great job, everyone~ your paintings are beautiful!

Like this comment
Posted by Seen the wall of art
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh, PW, pleezzz. As the trams take you to the underground entrance to the Capitol, the wall are lined with the artwork for the ANNUAL contests from ALL Pombo did before McNerney. Some might call that the people's contests. But, you can count on the ALWAYS campaigning for McNerney Pleas Weekly, to SPIN (exagerate/lie) by positioning as McNerney's contest. OUR 11th DISTRICT did the contest BEFORE McNerney, just like it will continue AFTER McNerney! Just the facts please, skip the spin..,.playing with the minds of the UNinformed.

Like this comment
Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

who cares what you've seen Seen?

Like this comment
Posted by RatTurd
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 5, 2010 at 1:12 am

I can paint better than that.

Like this comment
Posted by Seen the wall of art
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

The California Poppies painting is beautiful and appropriate. I'm glad it was the winner of the 11th District's annual contest. It wins rights to be displayed in the tram area under the capitol with all the districts of the country. All in the 11th district should be proud of Winnie's California Poppies.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Couples: Reading List
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 804 views

Castlewood members considering offer from Bay Club
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 654 views