Local high school students have participated in two recent art contests, and some of their award-winning artwork will remain on display to the public.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is currently exhibiting, “Food for Thought,” featuring works from 80 high schoolers. The exhibit continues until May 26 in the Museum’s Toyota Children’s Gallery. Participating schools are Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Poly, Reid, Renaissance and Wilson. Renaissance senior Marisol Cruz’s painting, "My Veins Are Not Made from Grape Vines," won first place in this show.
Cruz’s artwork also was entered in the annual U.S. Congressional Art Contest for the 47th District, where she won second place. Her artwork will hang for the upcoming year in Congressman Alan Lowenthal's Washington, D.C. office. First place in this contest went to Millikan 12th grader Jhaila Thomas. Her winning piece, a mosaic portrait of Frida Kahlo, also will hang in the U.S. Capitol along with the winning works of art from all of the U.S. congressional districts. Thomas also won a trip to D.C this summer, when she and her family will tour the exhibit. The third place winner is Millikan senior Hannah Rodrigues. Her artwork will hang in Congressman Lowenthal’s Long Beach office.