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Upton Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Otsego High School student's work to hang in U.S. Capitol for one year

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Washington, April 28, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Cameron “Cami” Hoogstraten, a sophomore at Otsego High School, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Her piece, a digital drawing of a Native American dancer, will hang in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“This a great selection for Southwest Michigan,” said Upton. “It’s yet another extraordinary piece of art to represent our community in the U.S. Capitol. Congratulations to Cami and everyone who took part in Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2017 High School Area Show, which has hosted the Congressional Art Competition for four years.”

The work, titled “Native American Dancer,” is a digital illustration with typography. The words, including those such as “love,” “home,” and “freedom,” are woven into the dancer’s outfight. It was chosen from more than 50 submissions.

Cami, who has been interested in art since “practically my whole life,” and has taken classes at the KIA for pottery and painting, although she typically draws in colored pencils.

“This piece was new for me,” Cami said, because she was using Photoshop during a Computer Imaging class, combining a photo she had taken last summer of a male fancy dancer at the Pokagon Pow Wow with the typography. “I’m a Native American myself, from the Citizen Band of the Potawatomi Nation, and I thought it would be a great picture to create typography out of. It took a long time and a lot of work, but it came out great."

Winning the Congressional Art Competition for the Sixth Congressional District is an honor “and I am so excited to be part of something,” she said.

As the winner, Cami and a guest will be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., for all of the Congressional Art Competition winners. Cami is 16 and the daughter of Lurinda and Steven Hoogstraten. Her art teacher is Matthew Grile.

The High School Area Show, which opened Thursday, will run through June 4 although Cami’s piece will make an early exit in order to get to the U.S. Capitol. In addition, Cami was also awarded a Portfolio Camp Tuition Scholarship for Kendall College of Art & Design and received a Juror’s Honorable Mention Award.

More than $600,000 worth of prizes and scholarships were awarded during the 36th annual High School Area Show included the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. This year’s juror was Julie W. Tourtillotte, professor of art at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. Each exhibiting artist was awarded a family members to the KIA through the end of summer.

Winners and participants are:

Juror's Award, $100 cash awards to:

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Erica Heathcote, Saint Joseph High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Willa Kuttner, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Juror's Honorable Mention awards to:

Taylor Bell, Schoolcraft High School

Sarah Brabon, Vicksburg High School

Bella Chadwick, Portage Northern High School

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Technology Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Anthony Fund, Three Rivers High School

Samuel Gonzales, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Cameron Hansen, Kirk Newman Art School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Madeline Jump, Portage Central High School

Nchuyekeh Mba, Portgae Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Madison McAllister, Portage Central High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Hanna Norland, Saint Joseph High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

Emily Roth, Saint Joseph High School

Courtney Shinaberry, Saint Joseph High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Representatives from each school selected their respective scholarship winners

Cleveland Institute of Art awarded pre-college summer program scholarships to:

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Emma Neuser, Saint Joseph High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Cleveland Institute of Art awarded four-year scholarships to:

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University awarded Portfolio Camp scholarships to:

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Emma Neuser, Saint Joseph High School

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

 

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University awarded Seniors for $cholarship awards to:

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Tech Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Maggie Palmiter, Watervliet High School

Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University awarded four-year scholarships to:

Kendra Eaton, Loy Norrix HS

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central HS

Emma Neuser, St. Joseph HS

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern HS

Alexandria Seybold, Portage Northern HS

Madison McAllister, Portage Central HS

Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan awarded a BFA Preview pre-college scholarship to:

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design awarded Full Ride Scholarship Award to:

Erica Heathcote, Saint Joseph High School

 

Presidential Scholarship Award to Hanna Norland, Saint Joseph High School BFA Admissions Scholarship Awards to:

Emily Roth, Saint Joseph High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

 

Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts awarded scholarships for a summer class to:

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Sierra Stevens, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

The KIA also wishes to thank the school districts and art teachers that nurtured the student artists:

Julie Beam, St. Joseph High School

Sarah Bentley, Paw Paw High School

Rebecca Carter, Kalamazoo Central High School

Matt Culver, St. Joseph High School

Holly Davis, Stevensville Lakeshore High School

Matthew Douglas, Kalamazoo Central High School

Ashley Eby, Three Rivers High School

Trevor Grabill, KIA Kirk Newman Art School

Matthew Grile, Otsego High School

Scott Gundersen, Wayland Union High School

Jaime Hilaski, Schoolcraft High School

Elizabeth Honeysett, Portage Central High School

Marcella Hunt, Watervliet High School

Joseph King, Portage Central High School

Anthony Lindeman, Vicksburg High School

Sarah Nott, Portage Northern High School

Sarah Parr, KIA Kirk Newman Art School

Krista Ragotzy, Vicksburg High School

Ashley Rolfe, Centreville High School

Lisa Rostar, South Haven public school

Veronica Schaner, Hackett Catholic Prep

Gregg Stevens, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Harry Sykora, Kalamazoo Central High School

Michael VanderWaal, Water Street Glassworks

Cindy Van Lieu, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Ben Weathers, Mattawan High School

Kimberly Wood, Van Buren Technology Center

Jule Zaroff, Berrien Springs Home School Partnership

 

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