Puerto Rican student to exhibit work at the US Capitol

by May 15, 2018Congress0 comments

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R), celebrated the awarding of the Art Competition of the Congress of the United States where the work “María” of tenth grade student Amanda I. Nazario won. Her work will be exhibited in the United States Capitol for one year, along with the winning works of all the representative districts of the nation, including the other territories.

González-Colón stressed that this year the competition broke records of participation with 52 works, when last year, 17 works were received. The students who participated were from public and private high schools in towns around the island such as Corozal, Lajas, Yauco, Ceiba, Guaynabo, Mayagüez, among other municipalities in Puerto Rico.

Amanda I. Nazario Kercadó, a resident of the municipality of Carolina and a student at the Central Specialized Arts School, did her mixed medium work, pencil, colored ink and colored pencil in four days after arriving from school. The student describes her work as “the face of a girl who demonstrates the emotions caused by the passage of the hurricane; you can see woods, palms, poles of light moved by the wind along with your hair.”


2018 Winners in Puerto Rico of the Congressional Art Competition. Photo credit: Office of Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón


The activity was carried out in the Science Park of Bayamón with the participation of the mayor, Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz (NPP), and the members of the jury that evaluated the works, headed by the teacher Carmelo Sobrino; Raiza Fernández, director of History and Culture of the Municipality of Bayamon; and Maria del Mar Caragol, director of Plastic Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

The winners this year in Puerto Rico of the Congressional Art Competition are:

Honorable Mention: Ileana Ramirez Ramos of Notre Dame Catholic College; Fernando Cruz Market of the Carlos González High School; Iván Correa Quiles from the Adolfina Irizarry School in Puig; Julia Alicea Cabrera of the Central Special School of Visual Arts; and Alondra Díaz Serrano from Saint Francis School.

The third place was Daniela Irizarry Rosario of the Central School of Visual Arts with her work “To each guaraguao her pitirre arrives”; the second place was for Belianne Rivera Ferrer of the School of Fine Arts Ernesto Ramos Antonini with her work “El terruño de Mamá; and the first place was for Amanda Nazario Kercadó with her work “Maria” of the Central School of Visual Arts.

Since 1982, the United States Congress celebrates the art competition dubbed “An Artistic Discovery” where high school students from all 50 states and 5 territories are invited.