Each year, the nationwide Congressional Art Competition takes place in the spring. Each congressional district selects one piece of student artwork to be displayed for one year in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. This year, Shaker High School submitted three pieces, and one of them was chosen. Congratulations to junior Margaret Murnane, whose acrylic painting, “Family Ties” was chosen as the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the 20th Congressional District of New York. Murnane’s piece was the result of an Advanced Studio 2 midterm assignment by her teacher, Carrie Lue.
Murnane’s award was announced at a reception at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, which Congressman Tonko attended. Murnane’s artwork was chosen out of 48 entries from 18 Capital Region schools. A representative from Southwest Airlines also presented her with two round trip tickets to attend the opening ceremony of the student exhibit in June.
Murnane’s artwork will be shipped to Washington, D.C. and remain on display in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.