January 22, 2019

CVU artist wins Congressional contest

Midnight Snacks’ by Aidan Bundock of Shelburne.

‘Serenity’ by Sydney Glickman of Williston.

Aidan Bundock poses with Rep. Peter Welch in Montpelier.

Champlain Valley Union High School’s Aidan Bundock of Shelburne won first place for his watercolor painting “Midnight Snacks” at the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition held recently at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

Bundock’s piece was selected from a field of 169 student entries representing 39 high schools across Vermont. CVU’s Sydney Glickman of Williston won honorable mention for her colored pencil piece, “Serenity.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide contest for high school students initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords. Students submit entries to their U.S. representative’s office, and panels of artists in each Congressional district select the winners.

Bundock’s painting will be displayed, along with winning entries from across the country, for one year in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and the three House office buildings — a route traveled daily by members of Congress, their staffs and tourists from all over the country.

“Every year, I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont,” said Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont. “As always, picking a winner was incredibly tough. Congratulations to Aidan Bundock, who clearly has a very bright future in the arts. I’m looking forward to seeing his wonderful artwork on my walks to and from the capitol building.”

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