Batavia artist wins Hultgren's Congressional Art Competition
Batavia resident Drake Swift is the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition in the 14th District, which is served by U.S. Rep. Randy Hulgren, R-Winfield.
Swift, a student at Aurora Christian High School, won with his piece, "Fear Not." There were 22 entries submitted from the district, according to a news release. Swift used a white charcoal and white graphite medium for his piece which will hang on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
As the winner, he also receives two roundtrip plane tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend Washington festivities.
“I was impressed by the caliber of submissions my office received for this year’s competition. Again and again our high school artists demonstrate extraordinary talent and dedication to their craft,” Hultgren stated in the release. “I want to congratulate Drake for his winning entry, and for all of our local young artists who participated. I look forward to highlighting his artwork in the U.S. Capitol to visiting constituents!”
Hultgren hosted participating students, their families and local art instructors and supporters at a reception Saturday, April 25, at the Geneva Public Library. Artists and art educators ranked the submissions, and Hultgren picked the winner after the judges presented a four-way tie for first place.
The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated. For information, visit www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.