ALBANY -- Thomas County Central High School senior Garrison Muelhausen is the district winner of the 30th Annual Congressional Arts Competition, Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, announced at an awards ceremony Monday.
Muelhausen's watercolor and ink work, untitled but nicknamed "Bear," bested 33 other entries from the 2nd Congressional District and will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
Nearly 400 members of the U.S. House sponsor the competition in their districts across the country.
"Our goal is to encourage young artists, promote art and give recognition to the outstanding work our schools are doing to enable young people to reach their potential," Bishop said. "Of course, the competition would not be possible if it were not for the teachers who take time away from their busy schedules to volunteer their skills; the parents, who I know offer much-needed encouragement and support, and the students whose talents make this competition possible."
In addition to Muelhausen, three other young area artists were also recognized.
Honorable Mention went to Savannah Saunders, a senior at Thomas County Central, for her untitled colored pencil, markers and crayons work.
Second runner-up was Amber Young, a junior at Deerfield-Windsor School, who was tapped for her untitled pen and ink work nicknamed "Car."
First runner-up was Brookwood School senior Kathryn Drew. Her picture is entitled "Bala" and was drawn in pastels.
The competition was judged by Vicki Stevens and Christine Worsham from Westmoreland, Patterson, Mosley and Hinson, and Al Smith from A.K. Smith and Associates.
"The judges told us this year's entries were exceptionally impressive and making a decision from the 33 pieces of artwork submitted was very difficult," Bishop said.