CEDAR CITY — A high school student in Cedar City was recently named a winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition and will have her art piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
“Kolob Color,” a watercolor landscape by Paige LeFevre, a senior at Southwest Educational Academy, was chosen as the first-place winner from Utah’s second congressional district by Rep. Chris Stewart.
The painting has been on display for the past few weeks at the Springville Museum of Art, which hosted the Utah All-State High School Art Show in early February.
According to SEA art teacher Tiffany Marchant, who accompanied LeFevre on a field trip to the art show, nearly 1,000 works of art from high school students around the state were submitted to this year’s show. About a third of those were selected for inclusion into the art show.
“We are so excited for Paige,” Marchant told Iron County School District board members during the board’s Feb. 28 meeting. LeFevre will get to fly to Washington D.C. for an award ceremony and reception later this summer. Her airline tickets were donated by Southwest Airlines, Marchant added.
After hanging in the U.S. Capitol building for a year, the painting will be returned to Utah and presented to its anonymous owner, who purchased the piece for $350.
LeFevre painted another, similar version of “Kolob Color,” which is currently hanging outside the Cedar City Council chambers, along with 15 other framed paintings and drawings by students at Southwest Educational Academy. Those artworks are available for sale, with proceeds going directly to the students to help them on their alternative path to a high school diploma, Marchant said.
To see last year’s winners in the Congressional Art Competition (one from each congressional district), click here.
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