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Lyndon Institute Student Lily Currier Earns Judge's Choice Award at the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition

Lyndon Institute is delighted to announce Lily Currier, Class of 2018, earned a Judge's Choice Award at the Congressional Art Competition awards ceremony and reception, hosted by the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier on Monday, May 14th.

The 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, provides Congress and the public with the opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young Americans at a time when local organizations and art-in-education programs’ budgets are being curtailed. Each work of art submitted for consideration is judged against criteria to include the degree of artistic skill and originality the work conveys, that the content is clearly expressed, and that the work is an original offering created by the student and in no way reproduced from an outside party’s work.

Currier’s submission, a striking self-portrait, was created through the use of an inlay design, combined with intricate pen and ink stippling.  Inlay is a decorative art technique that is made by inserting pieces of colorful, hand-crafted papers to create an ornament image. “Lily has participated in Lyndon Institute’s Visual Art Program since her freshman year of enrollment, and now as a senior, her artistic ability has truly flourished,” stated Visual Arts Teacher Cynthia Helmbreck.  “She has a keen eye for design and a strong sense of aesthetic. I hope that Lily will continue to pursue her love of art after graduation - whether for pleasure, or as a possible career.”

In addition to the work submitted by Currier, works of art were submitted by LI students Dylan Young, Emily Colby, Kayla Henesy, Meredith Nicol, Cassidy Sherman, Elaina LaFond, and Jenna Malone.  

Lyndon Institute is one of the few high schools in Vermont that offers a complete range of fine and performing arts courses to include robust course offerings in fine and graphic arts, theater, instrumental and vocal music, and dance.  This is the second year in a row that an LI student has earned top acknowledgments in this competition. Last year, then junior Jocelyn Pike, won the competition. Her work in now on display at LI following its time on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.

Photo: Lyndon Institute students (from left to right) Cassidy Sherman, Kayla Henesy, Jenna Malone, Meredith Nicol, Lily Currier, Elaina LaFond, Emily Colby, and Dylan Young present their work on the campus of The Vermont College of Fine Arts during the recent Congressional Art Competition awards ceremony and reception.
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