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Edinboro University’s ‘Artistic Discovery 2011’ highlights outstanding regional high school talent



EDINBORO, Pa. – Artistic talent.

Edinboro University and Congressman Mike Kelly have joined forces to discover some of the most talented high school artists in Kelly’s 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

This evening at six o’clock in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Multipurpose Room, Edinboro President Jeremy D. Brown and the University will host “An Artistic Discovery 2011,” sponsored by U.S. Representative Kelly, who will be in attendance. The event showcases the works of art students from local high schools throughout the seven-county 3rd Congressional District. 

Each year, members of the U.S. House of Representatives join together to recognize the artistic talents of America’s high school students in a nationwide art competition, with each member of the House sponsoring a local or regional contest within the individual congressional districts.

Recognition will be awarded tonight to the winning first, second and third place submissions.

The work of the first place winner will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., along with the other first-place winners from competitions held across the country.  The first place winner will also receive airline tickets to Washington to attend the national reception during which the art entries will be displayed.

The works of the second- and third-place winners will be displayed in Congressman Kelly’s Washington office.

President Brown emphasized that Edinboro is proud to host this annual spring event because it not only encourages artistic attainment at the high school level, but also creates an awareness of the importance of art in the lives of northwestern Pennsylvanians. Art education, part of Edinboro’s roots, is consistently one of the University’s largest programs with more than 1,000 majors and an expert, talented faculty in excess of 50 art professors.

This year, some 13 students from eight high schools in Kelly’s Congressional District – which includes all or parts of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango, Butler and Armstrong Counties – submitted entries to “An Artistic Discovery 2011.”

The winners, to be formally announced tonight by Dr. Terry Smith, Dean of Arts and Sciences, include:

  • First Place: Brenna Thummler of the Meadville Area Senior High School for her work  titled, “Green House, Red Tomato”;
  • Second Place: Anna Dzuricky of  Erie’s Mercyhurst Preparatory School for her Self Portrait artwork; and
  • Third Place: Isaac Black of Hickory High School in Mercer County for his work titled, “Multicycle”.


All students who entered artwork in the competition will also be recognized by President Brown and Congressman Kelly and presented with certificates of participation. They include:

  • Heaven Colon of the Keystone Charter School for her “Flower of Life” artwork;
  • Maureen Crowley of Cochranton Junior-Senior High School for her work titled, “Life in Stone”;
  • Haley Ewing of Meadville Area Senior High School for her work titled “Chasing Dawn”;
  • Allison Gens of the Villa Maria Academy for “Cousins”;
  • Shelby Greene of Hickory High School for “A Sister’s Worst Nightmare”;
  • Grace Lewis of Villa Maria Academy for “Holding onto Peace”;
  • Rachel Mortimer of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, “Untitled”;
  • Joey La Puma of Meadville Area Senior High School for “Little Sis”;
  • Corey Runyan of Hickory High School for “Wall-e”; and
  • Sadie York of Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School for “Eyes of a Dog”.


Today’s 6 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

(Note to news directors and assigning editors: Media coverage is encouraged. Great visuals! President Brown, Congressman Kelly and others will be available for photo and interview ops.)