Students’ art earns honors

Eric WanEric Wan Eric Wan of Howell and Alexandra Surdovel of Wall Township were selected Best of Show and first-place winners of the Fourth Congressional District Art Competition for high school artists, held from April 30 through May 3, at Georgian Court University’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery, Lakewood.

Georgian Court rewarded each winner with a scholarship to further his or her education at Georgian Court.

Wan was selected Best of Show for his work “Vanishing Landscape,” which will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for one year.

Surdovel won first place with her piece “Distorted Reflections.”

Other winners, all from Wall, were Danielle Sobol, Jeff Michel and Michael Johnson.

“Once again, the Fourth District Con-gressional Art Competition has brought forth a number of excellent entries from some of our area’s best budding artists. I congratulate Eric Wan for his winning acrylic landscape painting,” said Con-gressman Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) of the Fourth Congressional District. “I also would like to thank Georgian Court University for hosting the competition and rewarding the winners with a scholarship to further their education.”

According to a press release, Smith and Georgian Court University partner each year to administer and host the art contest, an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to promote the talent of high school artists across the nation.

Contests were held in each congressional district and the winning entries from all districts will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol, for one year. Each winning student receives an invitation to attend a grand opening ceremony for the unveiling of the display in Washington, D.C.