Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Awards Megan Matsuoka of Baldwin High School with Congressional Arts Award

April 12, 2014
Press Release

Honolulu, HI – This morning, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) presented Megan Matsuoka from Baldwin High School with the Congressional Arts Award for her mixed media piece, “Take Off,” which earned first-place in the contest and will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts. The congresswoman hosted the awards ceremony at the State Capitol and honored Hawaiʻi art students from across the state.  

“I am extremely proud of Megan Matsuoka for her first-place piece, ‘Take Off,’ which is both beautiful and thought-provoking, as well as second-place winner Dillan Van Ness and third-place winner John Cabias,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.  “Megan’s artwork will certainly remind me of home as I pass by it in the halls of the United States Capitol, and I’m excited to show it off to my colleagues in Congress so they can see the tremendous artist talent that Hawaiʻi students have to offer the world, as well as the strength of our local arts educators.”

Each spring, the Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawai‘i and the country.  Last month, sixteen semi-finalists were chosen from more than 100 entries from every island, and today, the top three pieces determined by expert judges were announced.  Congresswoman Gabbard also created a “People’s Choice” contest using social media to allow the community an opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of art.   Each of today’s winners were awarded cash prizes.  

•    First-place:  “Take Off” by Megan Matsuoka, Baldwin High School, awarded $1,000 (download here)
•    Second-place:  “Trashy Wave” by Dillan Van Ness, Le Jardin Academy, awarded $500 (download here)
•    Third-place:  “Contemplation” by John Cabias, Leilehua High School, awarded $250 (download here)
•    People’s Choice:  “Saumaiimaugaagaiilemoana: Cool Breeze from the Mountain to the Ocean” by Oriana Buika, Baldwin High School, awarded $100 (download here)
Photos of the winning artists and their pieces are available here for download.



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