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Student wins Congressional Art Competition

Student and ArtPRHS senior Ayla Chandola was announced as the grand prize winner in the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition. 

Ayla won the competition with her computer-generated and mixed media artwork, which was entitled “Nature’s Power.”

Over a dozen submissions from students across the 17th District of PA were received by the office of Representative Conor Lamb. These submissions included oil paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media artwork, which is a category used to describe a piece of art in which one medium or material is used. The submissions were then judged by a panel of judges, including local artists and educators, who then declared Ayla the grand prize winner.

As part of the grand prize, Ayla’s artwork is being displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building along with the other winners from other Congressional Districts across the country.

Ayla’s Pine-Richland art teacher, Ramon Riley, said that he knew Ayla’s artwork was going to be a hit since the moment he first saw the piece. Riley also said that he is glad Ayla’s work is getting the recognition it deserves.