Cooper Wentz

Ontario's Cooper Wentz is shown here with his award-winning artwork, and Congressman Bob Gibbs at Ashland's Coburn Gallery.

ASHLAND -- Congressman Bob Gibbs announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition at a reception for the top ten artists last night.

Hosted by Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery, Congressman Gibbs welcomed the artists to celebrate and showcase their artwork. The top three winners and the People’s Choice award winner was announced:

First Place: Cooper Wentz – Ontario High School.

Second Place: Rylie Steele – New Philadelphia High School.

Third Place: Kari Yanders – New Philadelphia High School.

People’s Choice: Kennady Smedley – Plymouth High School.

Kennady Smedley

Plymouth's Kennady Smedley is shown here with her award-winning artwork, and Congressman Bob Gibbs at Ashland's Coburn Gallery.

In announcing the winners, Congressman Gibbs said “Every year, I am impressed by the skill, attention to detail, and passion displayed by the young artists who participate. Cooper, Rylie, Kari, Kennady, and all students who participated should be proud of their accomplishments and the recognition of their incredible talents.

"The creative arts are an important component in the foundation of a well-rounded education. The artistic process helps exercise and hone parts of the mind that physical education and the sciences may not.”

Cooper’s work will be shown in the Congressional Art Competition Gallery located in the tunnel between Cannon House Office Building and the Capitol. Rylie’s piece will be on display in Congressman Gibbs’ DC office, while Kari’s and Kennady’s work will be shown at Gibbs’ Ashland office.

Cooper is invited to fly to Washington D.C. courtesy of Southwest Airlines to attend a reception honoring winners from congressional districts across the country.

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