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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Hosts the District 30 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 17, 2015
Press Release

Dallas, TX – (April 17th, 2015) – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted the annual District 30 Congressional Art Competition. Held at the Janette Kennedy Gallery, the competition was well attended with over 80 guests gathered to view submissions from across District 30. 

Each year, the District 30 Congressional Art Competition showcases the artistic and creative talents of students from various schools in District 30. This year’s winning submission, titled “Kameran’s Self-Portrait” by Kameran Levingston of Desoto High School was unanimously chosen by Congresswoman Johnson and an esteemed panel of judges. This year’s panel of judges included Karen Blessen, founder of 29 Pieces, an arts nonprofit organization in Dallas, Texas and Darryl Ratcliff, Community Engagement Associate for Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. Second place was given to Amefon Otu of South Grand Prairie High School, for the piece titled “Amefon Abassi.” Third place was given to Izabella Dekhtyar of Booker T. Washington, School of the Performing and Visual Arts for the piece titled “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.”

“I have always been a supporter of the arts,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I believe the arts provide a creative outlet for students within the sometimes monotonous school day. Each year, I become more diligent in my efforts to showcase the artistic talents of students in District 30. These students deserve a platform to showcase their work, and I am proud to provide such an opportunity for them.”

“The quality of art submitted was truly remarkable,” said Karen Blessen, competition judge and founder of 29 Pieces arts nonprofit. “In the end it was a difficult decision to choose one winner, but we were able to come to a consensus and choose a piece truly representative of Congresswoman Johnson’s constituency.” 

Following the showcase in Dallas, the winning piece of student art will be sent to Washington, D.C. where it will be placed on display in the United States Capitol alongside the work of other student artists from districts across the country. If you are interested in viewing the 2015 submissions for the District 30 Congressional Art Competition while in Dallas, they will remain on display at the Janette Kennedy Gallery until Friday, April 24th.


U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.

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