Tucson, Ariz. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated Liliana Cruz, a San Luis High School student, for being selected as a winner of the 2010 Congressional Art Competition An Artistic Discovery.
Her painting, Papalicho’s Treasure, was chosen to represent Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District in the halls of Congress. Liliana will fly to Washington, D.C., to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Cannon Tunnel on Thursday, June 17th.
The piece, done in paint on canvas stretched over a wood frame, represents Liliana’s grandfather and his connection to the land as a migrant farm worker. The artwork was an assignment for her art class under the supervision of Ms. Lorenia Casaus.
“This is a great opportunity for Liliana and her family to show the nation the talent that exists among our students,” Grijalva said. “Her piece tells a story rich in heritage and culture, and represents what it means to be American. Her success is a great example of the importance of encouraging students to participate in artistic forms of expression.”
Papalicho’s Treasure will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year. The other entries received for the competition will be displayed in Congressman Grijalva’s Tucson and Yuma District offices during the summer season.
The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Congressional Art Caucus and coordinated by members of the United States House of Representatives. Since the competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated.