High School Seniors and Recent Grads Honored on Capitol Hill
With Scholarships to the Art Institutes

A group of high school seniors and recent high school graduates from across the United State were honored on Capitol Hill for their award-winning artwork in the Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts Poster Design Competition.

The competition challenged students to create a poster expressing the theme “You Can Create Tomorrow.” The winners, three high school students and one high school graduate, traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept their awards during a congressional reception at the Rayburn House Office Building.

 National scholarship winners with Congresswoman Virginia Fox.
The reception displayed the poster designs from the national winners as well as the finalists from all 51 Art Institutes schools across the country. The competition awards more than $400,000 in tuition scholarships to national winners and local finalists.

The first-place national winner in the high school senior category, Whitney Lanier of Statesboro, Ga., received a full-tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta. Lanier plans to enroll in the media arts and animation program and work as an animator in the production of movies and shows.

“A lot of what I’ve learned I learned on my own, but my [high school] art teacher prepared me for art school,” said Lanier. “I’m looking forward to having the training that will allow me to adjust to the rapid changes.”

“I like to create different things and [having] a career I enjoy, and creating things for other people to enjoy is important,” said Lanier.

Lanier’s winning poster design illustrated a young girl painting the image of a city landscape. Surrounding the painted area included sketches of the “planned, but unfinished world.”

In the artist’s statement, Lanier wrote, “The warm lighting of the sun behind the mountains is meant to give a sense of ‘beyond’: more places left to be created and discovered.”

Lanier's winning poster design.

In addition to Lanier, three other students were honored at the event with scholarships to the Art Institutes. The grand prize in the high school graduate category was awarded to Morgan Stevens of Athens, Ill. Stevens was presented with a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of St. Louis.

The second-place winner in the high school senior category was Morgan Pica of Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Pica was awarded a half-tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Third-place winner in the high school senior category was Elizabeth McDonald of Langlois, Ore. McDonald will receive a quarter-tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Portland.

To view more information on this competition, visit the Art Institutes' website.


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