Tyler, TX (KETK) — Texas representative Louie Gohmert hosted the 2014 Congressional Art Competition on Sunday. More than 30 East Texas students competed, each showcasing a personal work of art. The winner of this competition gets their painting placed in the capitol building, a trip to Washington D.C.. for the reception ceremony, and a $3,000 scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
First place was awarded to sophomore Matthew Mcgehee fromT.K. Gorman high school. His painting was created using pastels, depicting a hand resting on a Mexican style blanket. When he won, MgGehee said, "I was just blown away. It was amazing because I didn't know whether I'd win because there were so many amazing artists there".
This painting evolved from McGehee's AP. art class. His theme for the class focused on hands and their relationship with color. He said, "So for this piece I wanted to do something that could really have a bunch of interesting colors, and light values, and shades in it".
McGehee's mother is an art teacher at the high school. Of course, she is very proud of her sons accomplishments. She says, "He has a real gift for art, and is a very talented and hard working young man. I was just glad he got noticed". McGehee has received incredible support not only from his family, but also from his school and community. His mother says, "Our school is very supportive of the arts, and nurturing all the gifts that all of our students have in all different ways".