5 MSA students win Congressional Art Awards; 1 piece headed to D.C.

Published 2:00 pm Monday, May 2, 2022

A Mississippi School of the Arts student will have his work displayed at the United States Capitol for one year.

“Barber Shop,” a painting by Worth Novinski, won the overall art contest for Mississippi Congressional District 3, represented by Rep. Michael Guest. The piece will be displayed with winning works from other high school students across the nation as part of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition.

“Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District,” a statement from Guest’s website reads.

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The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov’s Congressional Art Competition page.

Four other MSA students also won awards in the competition. Cecil-Cate Bolton of Batesville won first in mixed media with “Pinwheel.” Adair Carey of Natchez won second in mixed media with “Skeleton with a Crown.” Mayleen Candelario of Vancleave won first in computer-generated art with “Deep Down”; and Ilia Giammarco of Brandon won third in computer-generated art with “Dizzy.”