Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pine Tree Student Wins 2nd Place at 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Ethan Sellers, sophomore at Pine Tree High School, won 2nd place at the Congressional Art Competition in Nacogdoches on December 6.

Ethan created a linoleum print titled “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that will be displayed for a year in U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert’s office in the capitol building in Washington D.C.

At the awards ceremony at SFA, one of the judges, Christopher Talbot, associate professor at SFA, had this to say about Ethan’s artwork:

“You can see references to art history and things that have gone before us in art. It’s very difficult as artists to make something truly unique. We’re always building upon traditions from the past. We can definitely see in this work some references to some very well known art, but from a very unique viewpoint. This is a linoleum cut, and that’s not an easy thing to do at this level of craft and skill.”

The annual art competition is for all US Representatives. First place artwork from students around the country is displayed in the Capitol Building as part of a student art show for the year. The second place artwork is displayed in the US Representative’s office.

Ethan competed against students from other high schools in the First Congressional District of Texas, grades 9-12.

PTHS Sophomore Ethan Sellers 

Ethan Seller's Rime of the Ancient Mariner 

2015 Congressional Art Winners 

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