Two NDA Artists Selected for Congressional Art Exhibit

Clare Ravizza , Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism



Each spring, young artists from around the US enter their artwork into the Congressional Art Competition. This year, two NDA students, junior Megan Southwick and senior Greg Rath-Pribyl, have been selected for the Congressional Art Exhibit.

“The Congressional Art Competition is held every spring to showcase some of our nation’s best young artists,” said WI Representative Reid Ribble. “It allows students to compete for a chance to be flown to Washington, D.C. to receive their award and to see their art hanging in the U.S. Capitol.”

The entries from the Wisconsin competition displayed in the exhibit are selected by a panel of judges from the Neville Public Museum and the Trout Museum of Art. The winning piece is hung in the U.S. Capitol to represent Wisconsin.

The second place winner’s piece is hung in Ribble’s Capitol Hill office, and the third and fourth place winners’ pieces are displayed in his Appleton and Green Bay offices.

“I am always amazed by the good work our students do,” said Ribble. This year recorded the highest number of entries in the competition’s history.

“Our students have participated in the Congressional Art Competition for many years. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the work of our talented students,” said Dr. Ravizza.

The competition began in 1982 and since then has had over 650,000 high school students submit their art. NDA’s students have had artwork selected to be shown in the exhibit for many years, according to Ravizza.

“That’s a credit to the hard work of our students and of our art teacher, Mrs. Brandtner,” acknowledged Ravizza.

“I’m very proud of the students selected,” said Ravizza. “They are very deserving of their accomplishments and are representing NDA well by using their gifts and talents.”