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Institute of Art and Design at New England College Awards Scholarships to Winner of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Winner of the Congressional Art Award for New Hampshire District 2 2022

Pictured above, from left: Stephen Austin, Assistant Director of Admissions at IAD; Congresswoman Ann Kuster; and Liana Ye, winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s Second District

The Institute of Art and Design (IAD) at New England College (NEC) has awarded two scholarships to Liana Ye, a junior at Windham High School and winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s Second District.

The scholarships include $2,000 for Ye to attend IAD after graduating high school and a scholarship for Ye to participate in IAD’s Pre-College Art Program this summer. If she chooses to attend IAD, Ye will also be eligible for NEC’s merit-based scholarship ranging from $23,000 to $32,000 per year and renewable up to four years.

Ye’s winning submission in the competition was a graphite drawing entitled “Bride to Be,” inspired by an old photograph of her mother. Ye’s mother, who is Russian, and father, who is Chinese, traveled to China after marrying and celebrated with a photoshoot. Her mother wore a traditional ancient dynasty wedding dress and robe as an homage to her father’s culture.

Ye was named the competition’s winner and received notification of her scholarships at the Congressional Art Competition reception held May 4 at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord. Congresswoman Annie Kuster attended the reception to announce the 2022 winner and honor all the students who submitted their artwork.

“It was a fun evening to be surrounded by such amazing artistic prowess and energy; there is a great deal of young talent here in the Granite State,” commented Stephen Austin, Assistant Director of Admissions at the Institute of Art and Design. “Thanks to Representative Ann Kuster and her staff, as well as Kimball Jenkins, for inviting us to be part of this special event.”

Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Students submit entries to their representatives’ offices, and independent panels of judges select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

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