Gericho Conge of Marianas High School has been named the winner of the 2022 Northern Marianas Congressional Art Competition.
A group of local artist-judges chose Conge’s work from among 15 entries submitted by Northern Marianas high school students for the annual competition.
“Congratulations to Mr. Conge for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” said Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP), whose office hosted the competition. “With the Capitol gradually reopening its doors to visitors, I am excited to see Gericho’s work displayed in the Capitol tunnel, alongside other winning artwork from across the nation. …Every year, I am so impressed at the skill and attention to detail that our young artists display in their submissions. I commend all the students who submitted their art for this year’s competition, and I thank our artist judges who took the time to review and evaluate their entries.”
Conge’s work, titled Hopeful Sunrise, is a seascape with a lighthouse and a bridge leading to it. Conge describes his piece as “Primary light: The sun. The clouds absorb the light, but eventually recede and darken as they get further from the sun. The sun’s rays hit a castle in the distance illuminating it. The light hits a lighthouse and the latte stones on top and beside it. A bridge leads to them.” Conge’s acrylic piece will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and he will receive an invitation to attend this year’s Congressional Art Competition National Reception.
Each year in the spring, Members of Congress host the Congressional Art Competition for high school students in their districts. Students can submit artwork using a variety of media, such as oil, charcoal, watercolors, pencils, photographs, collages, prints, or computer-generated art for the chance to have their work displayed on the U.S. Capitol. This is the fourteenth year that students from the Northern Mariana Islands have been able to participate in the Congressional Art Competition. (PR)