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Two Flora Art Students Win 2020 Congressional Art Competition

Two A.C. Flora Art Students Win 2020 Congressional Art Competition


The artwork of A.C. Flora High School students Johnae’ Antionette Wise and Cylyse Malie-Gracie Robinson will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for a year as winners in the 2020 National Congressional Art Competition.


These first-year art students had winning entries in their respective congressional districts in this nationwide high school arts competition which recognizes the talent of young artists in South Carolina and across the country. The competition is open to all high school students, and one winner is selected to represent each Congressional District in South Carolina.


Congressman Jim Clyburn selected 10th grader Johnae’s artwork entitled “Johnae’, Self-Portrait”, as the District 6 winner. “Gracie, Self-Portrait” by Cylyse Malie-Gracie was the District 2 winner chosen by Congressman Joe Wilson.


Both winners are students of Flora art teacher Anthony Conway, who challenged his class to create artwork that incorporated their own unique fingerprint into their drawing.


“The winning artworks were created by these students as the culminating project of their first year of study in the visual arts, in which they were challenged to explore their sense of identity as to who they are, and how they present themselves to the world. The fingerprint is a unique identifier for all humankind. Students used the shape, value, and linear aspects of their own fingerprint as the tool to depict their likeness in strong black and white contrast.”


The students and their parents will have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC in September for the opening of the exhibition at the U. S. Capitol where their artwork, along with that of students from across the nation, will be on display.