State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) announced the winners of her annual art contest on April 13, 2016 and proudly displayed their artwork in the state Capitol. The competition was open to fifth grade students from across the 33rd Senate District.
Sen. McConnaughay’s annual contest highlights the importance of art education by recognizing students who are both artistic and passionate.
“Art education aids development, increases academic performance, and teaches students to be more creative problem solvers,” said Sen. McConnaughay. “Our children will reap the benefits of art education for years to come.”
Contest winners were selected by a panel of judges with a combined 58 years of experience specializing in art education. Contest winners have been invited down to Springfield on April 13, where they will be honored by the Illinois State Senate. The contestants’ artwork will also be displayed in the Northwest Alcove at the Capitol April 13 -18.
“Not only is it important to support art education, but it is key to encourage students to have a well-rounded academic experience,” said Sen. McConnaughay.
Contest winners include: