2018-05-10 / News

Gaines teen’s artwork to go on display in Washington

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


McKenna Marsh of Gaines poses with 5th District Congressman Dan Kildee at the Saginaw Art Center. Marsh received first place for her entry in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Her work will go on display in Washington, D.C. 
Photo by Lania Rocha McKenna Marsh of Gaines poses with 5th District Congressman Dan Kildee at the Saginaw Art Center. Marsh received first place for her entry in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Her work will go on display in Washington, D.C. Photo by Lania Rocha GAINES – McKenna Marsh of Gaines is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s 5th District.

A senior at Swartz Creek Academy, Marsh took top honors with her pastel and charcoal drawing entitled “Justice.” She said she drew the picture from a photo of a friend.

Congressman Dan Kildee announced the winners Friday at a reception at the Saginaw Art Museum.

Marsh’s work will go on display in the Cannon Tunnel, a corridor that connects the Congressional offices to the U.S. Capitol. She also will receive two tickets from Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C., to attend a reception and ribbon cutting hosted by the Congressional Art Caucus.

“Thousands of people walk through that corridor every day,” said Kildee. “Congressmen, staff and visitors from all over the world stop and look at the art on display. Hundreds of thousands of people will see it.”

Kildee said 37 artists from the 5th District submitted entries this year.

“Artistic expression is more than just creating art,” Kildee said. “It can cause you to look at the world differently. It can raise questions.”

Although many “take for granted the aspects of our society that are about the quality of our lives,” studies show that students “who participate in the arts do better in all aspects of education,” he said.

Four leading local artists have continued the tradition of choosing the competition’s winning piece of art. The judges – Tara Welch, Phillip Hanson, Loissa Harrison-Parks and Nicole Vogelpohl – are educators, artists and community leaders.

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