Cranston West Student Wins Langevin’s 2019 Congressional Art Competition

May 6, 2019 Issues: Rhode Island
Cranston West Student Wins Langevin’s 2019 Congressional Art Competition

WARWICK, RI – On Sunday, Congressman Langevin (D-RI) announced the winners of his 2019 High School Congressional Art Competition during a ceremony at the Warwick Mall. Cranston High School West sophomore Ella Rose earned first place for her graphite and colored pencil drawing entitled “Control.” Her drawing will be placed on display in the United States Capitol for one year.

Langevin has held the Second District’s “Artistic Discovery Contest” every year since first taking office in 2001. This year’s competition was the largest Langevin has held to date, attracting a record 97 student entries from high schools throughout the district.

“Each year that I host this competition, I am beyond impressed by the extraordinary artwork submitted by students across my district,” said Langevin. “I have pushed to increase the role of art and design in our education system because I understand their great value. The arts inspire us, they help us hone our creative abilities, and they help us better understand the human experience. We must keep investing in the arts to foster these benefits and support our aspiring young artists. I congratulate Ella Rose for winning this year’s competition with her remarkable piece, and I wish the best to all of the participants as they continue to pursue their artistic aspirations.”

In June, Ella’s artwork will be hung in the U.S. Capitol during a ceremony with art competition winners from around the country. Her work will replace “Finding an Old Treasure on the Cape,” an oil painting by 2018 winner Sophi Patti.

This year’s second and third place winners, who will have their artwork hang in Langevin’s Warwick office, are:

  • Second place: “Hapless Youth” by Samantha Lowder, a junior at Coventry High School and art student at Blue Door Studio.
  • Third place: “Look at Me” by Alexis Romano, a senior at North Kingstown High School.