Shaker High School will have student artwork on display at the U.S. Capitol for the next year, in honor of Arshiya Shaikh, a junior whose work was chosen from 45 submissions representing 16 schools across New York’s 20th Congressional District.
The 2018 Congressional Art Competition is an annual, nationwide art competition that accepts entries from high school students across the United States, providing them with a unique venue to showcase their artistic abilities. Each member of Congress has the privilege of submitting one piece of artwork from his or her district to be displayed for one year in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol.
Congressman Paul Tonko announced Arshiya Shaikh as the winner during a reception at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Shaikh and her family were present, along with her friend/model used for her piece, titled, “Girl with the Jade Earring.” District Art Supervisor Anne Manzella and Shaikh’s art teacher, Paul Aubin, also attended the reception in honor of her.
During the reception, Shaikh and her family were presented round trip tickets to attend a ceremony in Washington D.C. in June; her artwork, along with fellow Best in Show winners from across the country will be unveiled.
Note: Shaker High senior Zhige (Cecilia) Lu won an honorable mention from Congressman Tonko for a piece titled, “409 State Street, Albany.”