Local Wins 3rd in Congressional Student Art Competition

From L-R: Mimi Suh, Goar Ayrapetyan, Rep. Schiff, Los Feliz resident Annabel Lawton Boardman, Monika Uguryan

Los Feliz resident Annabel Lawton Boardman won third place in Rep. Adam Schiff’s 28th District Congressional Art Competition, Schiff’s office announced at an exhibit last week.

Lawton Boardman, a sophomore at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, won the honor for her linocut print titled “Ministry of Peace,” which will be displayed at Schiff’s Burbank District office.

“Each year, it is an honor to see young artists from our community showcase their talent,” said Schiff. “Every student involved in this competition deserves recognition, and I hope they will all continue to enrich our community with their artwork. I want to congratulate this year’s winners, Mimi [Suh], Goar [Arapetyan], Annabel [Lawton Boardman], and Monika [Uguryan]. I look forward to viewing their art this year in my offices and in the Capitol building!”

There were 58 entries representing 24 schools in the 28th Congressional District this year. Each student participant received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Schiff. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

First place went to La Crescenta resident and Crescenta Valley High School senior Mimi Suh for her mixed media piece “Building Blocks,” which will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition in Washington, D.C. Suh’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, alongside winners from other Congressional Districts across the nation.

Second place went to Goar Ayrapetyan’s photograph “Looking for an Opening.” Ayrapetyan is a senior at John Burroughs High School and a resident of Burbank.

Schiff also awarded the “People’s Choice” award to Monika Uguryan for her painting, “World’s Eye.” Monika attends the Atanian Art Center: School of Fine Art & Design, lives in Burbank and is in the 9th grade.

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