Lamborn Honors Congressional Art Competition Winners

July 1, 2011
Press Release

Each high school in the district is allowed five entries. The 29th annual competition attracted just over 100 participants from 25 high schools and home schools.

Painting (watercolor): Kaylynn Tate, Falcon High School

Painting (oil and acrylics): Karissa Gonzalez-Othon, The Vanguard School

Drawings: Alec Villanueva, The Vanguard School

Prints: Ally Callahan, The Vanguard School

Mixed Media: Amanda Markel, Home school

Computer Generated Art: Erica Leonis, Woodland Park High School

Photography: Megan Anderson, Liberty High School

Grand Prize Winner: Jose Luis Pedroza Chavarria, Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center

Congressman Doug Lamborn congratulates Grand Prize Art Competition Winner, Jose Luis Pedroza Chavarria of Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center.


The art was judged by staff and members from Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

In addition to having his artwork displayed in the Capitol Building, this year’s Grand Prize winner received a $1500 per year scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the opening ceremony for the 2011 Congressional Art Display at the Capitol, a ticket to the Denver Art Museum, and a one-year membership to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  The Adduce Foundation also presented the Grand Prize winner with a $4000 scholarship to the college of his choice for the study of fine arts.

Other organizations that generously contributed to this year’s competition include the El Paso County Republican Women, Chick-fil-A, and Bird Dog BBQ.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design also awarded an $8,000 scholarship to Jeff Thomas, a senior at The Vanguard School.

The teacher of the Grand Prize winner, Lisa Hewett, received a ticket to the Denver Art Museum and a one-year membership to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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