Wynford High School students from Mr. Lillo’s Art Two class, Emily GoldfussIvan Butler, and Jack Gatchel created works that were selected for submission to the Congressional Art Competition. This National competition was established in 1982 by congress to showcase the artwork of high school students across the country. Over the past 40 years, 650,000 students have competed. Only one work of art is selected to be exhibited in the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. from each congressional district across the country. In addition to having their creation displayed at the U.S. Capitol for a year, the top prize-winning student receives airfare to Washington, D.C. with a parent and is eligible to receive scholarships.

A reception was held on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Bellefontaine, Ohio to announce the winning selection for the fourth congressional district. In tenth grade, Wynford High School student Emily Goldfuss’ piece Balancing Burgers was awarded a Gold Ribbon for Honorable Mention.  Wynford sophomore Ivan Butler and junior Jack Gatchel were awarded Certificates of Recognition from Congressman Jim Jordan.  

The students in Mr. Lillo’s year-long Art Two class were challenged to create their own original visual compositions and simultaneously learn to follow the progression of sequential processes that professional illustrators and designers utilize to create and revise an image. Art Two students worked to meet the Ohio Visual Art State Standard for Intermediate students: “HSI.2RE Apply self-assessment practices to revise and improve artworks and document learning.”  The creation process included brainstorming, the creation of thumbnail sketches, a compositional line drawing, a value sketch, rendering studies with watercolor, multiple color scheme studies, a color comp, and a finished painting or design.  Kudos to these outstanding Wynford students!