West Ottawa student wins Congressional Art Competition

Jacob Wildfong, a junior at West Ottawa High School, is the winner of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for the Michigan 2nd District. He won for his abstract digital photograph, titled "Flicker.' U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, attended the reception Saturday morning at the Holland Area Arts Council, where he met with competition finalists and helped announce the winner, as decided by a four-judge panel of art and design professionals.
May 10, 2011


David McGee, a Grand Valley State University art professor, represented the judges and joined with Huizenga in announcing this year’s winner. The panel also included Katherine Sullivan, professor of art at Hope College; Nate Young, president of NewNorth Center and former provost of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.; and Andrew Bartlett, lead designer for Tiara Yachts.

Wildfong described his entry as “the outcome of a photography experiment, trying to capture light and motion in an abstract form.”

The photo will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, along with the winners from each congressional district across the country. Wildfong also has the opportunity to visit Washington for a reception honoring all the winners.


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