Cicilline Announces Winners of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Friday, May 4, 2018

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that Abigail Worden of East Providence was awarded the first-place prize in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The annual contest seeks to spotlight local talent and promote arts education, fostering the next generation of Rhode Island artists. Cicilline, who has run the competition each year since coming to Congress, held an award ceremony at his office in Pawtucket to recognize the high school artists who participated.

Abigail’s painting titled “Not Friends,” which earned her the first-place title, will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She will also receive two complementary plane tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception for winners of the Congressional Art Competition from across the country. Second place went to Adeline Schwartz of Smithfield for her piece titled “Images of Adeline,” which will be displayed in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office. The third-place winner, Sarah Sherman of East Providence, received Congressional Recognition and will have her painting “Golden Hour” displayed in the Congressman’s District Office in Pawtucket.

“I want to thank all the wonderful artists who participated in this year’s competition. This year’s tremendous submissions are a real testament to the quality of the work that our young people can produce,” said Cicilline. “Abigail, Adeline and Sarah are great examples of the kind of talent that this competition is designed to highlight. I look forward to seeing their artwork every day as a reminder of the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities.”

The three awardees were selected by a panel of judges from a group of 29 talented young artists who submitted artwork to be considered for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the art competition provides an opportunity for Members of Congress nationwide to encourage and recognize the talents of their young constituents.



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