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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

North Gwinnett student’s artwork headed to U.S. Capitol

March 28, 2016
In The News

A senior from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee will see his artwork hung in the halls of Congress after he was named the best artist in Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District at a ceremony hosted by U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall last weekend.

Woodall’s office announced Ian Peng took first place in the annual Seventh Congressional District Art Competition for his color pencil graphite and paste pencil drawing, “The Silent Beauty.” The announcement was made during the ceremony at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth.

Peng’s work will now be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year beginning in June. He also received a $12,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta and a $3,000 annual scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design for winning the district competition.

“Every year I’m blown away by the talent these young artists have, but, at this point, I’m certainly not surprised by it,” Woodall said in a statement. “We live in a special place where teachers and parents support our youth as they pursue their passions — whatever they may be — and work hard to reach their goals.

“When you work at what you love, you’re going to do great things, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help these young artists invest in their passion.”

The competition, which is officially called the Artistic Discovery Competition, is organized by the Congressional Institute and each congressional district across the country stages a contest in the spring where high school students can enter their original work. The winner in each district is then entered into the year-long art show at the Capitol.

Students can enter work in the mediums of painting, drawing, collages, prints, mixed-media, computer-generated art and photographs.

Woodall spokesman Martin Wattenbarger said 54 students from across the Seventh Congressional District entered work this year.

Peng wasn’t the only North Gwinnett student recognized at the ceremony. Another student from the school, Lindsey Carr, took home second- place honors. Lambert High School student Odelia Huang took home third-place honors.

Carr will receive a $7,500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta for coming in second, while Huang will receive a $3,500 scholarship to the school.

“I don’t share their artistic gifts, but I’m so glad they choose to share them with all of us, and I look forward to it every year,” Woodall said.