Congressman Gibbs Announces Winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition

May 9, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after announcing the 2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner:

Congressman Gibbs announced Trevor Poole, a junior from Dover High School, as the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Trevor’s art work titled, “Corporal Poole” is a portrait of his father.  Trevor’s art work is a paper collage and was a surprise for his father who served 4 years in the Marines and was a part of Operation Restore Hope. The winning piece of art will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year alongside artwork from congressional districts throughout the country.

“The submissions for this year’s Congressional Art Competition reflect what is important to the resident’s of the 7th District of Ohio. Each year we receive submissions from talented students across the district and I enjoy seeing the creativity and talent,” said Gibbs. “I am honored to highlight your exceptional talent and look forward to seeing it displayed in the Capitol building for all Americans to admire.”

Poole was invited by Southwest Airlines to travel free of charge to Washington, D.C.  and attend a congressional reception for the winners of the Congressional Art Competition.

Brooke Reed, a senior at Dover High School is this year’s first runner up for the Congressional Art Competition for her sketch done in charcoal titled, “Christ”. Her artwork will hang in Congressman Gibbs’ Washington D.C. office for one year.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 7th District. 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 been involved with the nationwide competition.