U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and the Baum School of Art in Allentown today announced the ten prize winners of “An Artistic Discovery,” the annual Congressional art competition for area high school students in the 15th Congressional District.

Each year, high school art teachers throughout the 15th District submit students’ work to be judged. The judging is arranged by the Baum School of Art, which has been partner in this event for almost 30 years through four different Congressmen.

Prizes are awarded through the Baum School as noted below. In addition, the First Place recipient’s work will be publicly displayed for one year in the Capitol complex along with participants’ work from around the country. The school displays the artwork in its David Rodale Gallery, where Congressman Dent presented awards to the students.

This year’s award recipients:

First Place:

1. Megan Tucker, Bangor Area High School, 12th grade, “Nose Girls”, Oil

Second Place:

1. Jasper Sander, Whitehall High School, 12th grade, “Conscious”, Digital Media

2. Theresa Byrnes, Freedom High School. 11th grade, “Stars and Comets”, Acrylic

3. Kimberly Gruver, William Allen High School, 12th grade, “Asparagi”, Acrylic

4. Thuy Tran, Parkland High School, 12th grade, “Still Life”, Mixed Media

Third Place:

1. Luis Davila, Whitehall High School, 12th grade, “City Low Life”, Mixed Media

2. Megan Reed, Whitehall High School, 11th grade, “Autumn Flower, Oil Pastel

3. Todd Conway, Pottstown High School, 12th grade, “On the Majestic Slopes of Killington”, Oil

4. Evan Ortiz, Whitehall High School, 11th grade, “Letters”, Photography

5. Matt Wingler, William Allen High School, 12th grade, “Cantelopia”, Acrylic

ALL ENTRIES are exhibited in the David E. Rodale Gallery a The Baum School of Art, April 20 – May 1, 2009.

FIRST PRIZE

-One-year scholarship (3 terms) to The Baum School of Art

-First Prize Winner’s work will hang in the Halls of Congress, Washington D.C.

-$50 gift card to Dick Blick Art Supplies

SECOND PRIZES

-One term scholarship to The Baum School of Art

-$25 gift card to Dick Blick Art Supplies

THIRD PRIZES

-One-half scholarship for one term at The Baum School of Art

-$10 gift card to Dick Blick Art Supplies