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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

Rep. Veasey Awards Local Student with 2017 Congressional Art Competition Top Prize

Apr 26, 2017
Press Release

Fort Worth, Texas – On Tuesday, April 24, 2017, Congressman Veasey awarded Heavenly Najar, a freshman at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, with this year’s top prize in the 33rd Congressional District 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  Heavenly’s piece, Bisabuela, was chosen as the overall winner for her use of rich color and mixed medium style that combined traditional painting techniques with a non-conventional wood canvas.

“Grandparents and great grandparents have always played an important role in family life,” said Congressman Veasey. “Bisabuela showcases the power of a family’s unconditional love for many great grandchildren.”

Heavenly Najar, poses with Congressman Marc Veasey and her winning entry,”Bisabuela” during the reception at Tarrant County College.

Over 50 students from schools across the DFW Metroplex participated in the 2017 art competition, including honorable mentions, in no particular order: Lizbeth Gutierrez, from Grand Prairie High School for Años de Casados, Carly Cawthon, from The Cambridge School of Dallas for Hope, and Paola Rivera from Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy for Journey.

Heavenly’s winning piece was selected by a panel of judges and announced Monday night at a reception hosted by Congressman Veasey. In late June, Heavenly will be invited to attend the winners’ reception in Washington, D.C., where she will also be able to witness her artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol.