WEST CHESTER – More than 300 high school students from across Chester County and beyond exhibited their artwork at the 2022 Chester County High School Art Festival and the 9th Annual Congressional District Art Competition. The week-long show kicked off Friday April 8 at the Chester County Art Association and ran through Monday April 25.
This year’s entries were also concurrently submitted for Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan’s Congressional Art Contest for students living in Pennsylvania’s 6th District. Every spring across the country, members of the United States House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition, with the grand prize winner having their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for a year. The second and third places will be on display at Congresswoman Houlahan’s district offices located in Reading and Washington, D.C.
Shurti Bedekar, a senior from West Chester Henderson High School, won the top congressional award. “I’m just overwhelmed. I didn’t expect it at all, but it’s amazing,” Bedekar said. When asked what inspired her to create her piece, she replied, “Because of COVID, my art teacher offered additional art lessons over the summer. We sat in Everhart Park in West Chester, and she told us to draw anything around us, so I drew the house.
The runner-up winner for the congressional district show was Jia Lin of Conestoga High School; in third place was Leah Nicberte, also from West Chester Henderson High School.
A free reception and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 20, at which the Congressional Art Competition and Chester County Art Association Awards were presented.
“In the current art class I’m taking, you have the freedom to create whatever you want. So, I knew I wanted to do another oil painting,” noted Kayla Dembrak, first place in the category. of Great Valley High School. When asked how it felt to see his work win first place at the 2022 Chester County Art Festival, Dembrak said: “It’s really nice. I worked very hard on it, so I’m glad it got recognized tonight.
The Chester County High School Arts Festival is coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. To see the full list of art show winners, visit www.cciu.org/Art-Show.