Camarillo, CA – On Sunday, at a reception at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that William Schloetel, an 11th grade student from Moorpark High School, was the 26th Congressional District’s winner in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.
“The level of talent from all students participating in this year’s competition was remarkable,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “As a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Caucus, also known as the STEAM Caucus, I recognize the important role the arts and sciences play in our youth’s lives and their educational success. The arts serve as a forum for expression and promote communication and imagination, as well as the development of cognitive and critical thinking skills. The Congressional Arts Competition is yet another way to foster the creativity of our young artists throughout Ventura County.”
Congresswoman Brownley added, “I would also like to thank the families, teachers and community members who support the critically important area of arts and arts education.”
Mr. Schloetel’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol complex for one full calendar year. In addition, three honorable mentions were announced, whose artworks will be displayed, with their permission, in Congresswoman Brownley’s Thousand Oaks district office. They are:
- Jessica Han, Newbury Park High School, Grade 10
- Kayla Johari, Westlake High School, Grade 11
- Kaitlyn Kruger, Oaks Christian, Grade 10
Started in 1982, the nationwide Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is an opportunity to recognize and encourage student artistic talent across the country.