Orangeburg-Wilkinson Student Wins Sixth District Art Competition

May 26, 2006

(Columbia, SC) – Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn today announced Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Junior, Jonathan Johnson, is the winner of the 2006 Sixth District Artistic Discovery competition.  Jonathan used prismacolor pencils to create a dynamic self-portrait that was chosen to represent the Sixth District on display on Capitol Hill. 

 “I was impressed with the level of maturity and depth in Jonathan’s artwork,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “He is continuing in a long line of impressive winners from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.  I commend Jonathan and his art teacher, Alvin Staley, for a job well done.”

This is the tenth time during the twelve-year history of the Sixth District Artistic Discovery competition that a student from Orangeburg-Wilkinson has won.  Jonathan’s portrait will hang for a year in the underground corridor that connects the U.S. House office buildings with the Capitol building in Washington. 

For the first time, the Columbia Museum of Art and the City of Columbia has worked with Congressman Clyburn to display other artwork submitted for the competition. The art pieces submitted for the Sixth District Artist Discovery are on display this year at the Drew Wellness Center on Gervais Street from now until June 19th.  The artwork display is open for the public to view. 

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