Aidan Bundock, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School, took first place in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-VT, announced last week that the Shelburne teen’s watercolor painting titled “Midnight Snacks” was selected from a field of 169 entries from students representing 39 high schools across Vermont.
“Every year, I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont,” said Welch. “Congratulations to Aidan Bundock, who clearly has a very bright future in the arts. I’m looking forward to seeing his wonderful artwork on my walks to and from the Capitol building.”
The competition was initiated in 1981 by Vermont’s then-Congressman, Rep. Jim Jeffords, to celebrate and encourage artistic talent of young people. High school students in each state submit entries to their U.S. representative’s office and panels of local artists in each congressional district select winners.
First-place pieces are displayed for one year in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and the three House office buildings – a route traveled daily by members of Congress and their staffs, as well as visitors.
In the Vermont contest, 20 entries were listed as award-winners with photographs by students from Waitsfield (at Harwood Union High School) and Craftsbury (at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center) coming in second and third places after Bundock’s painting.
A colored-pencil drawing by Sydney Glickman, a CVU student from Williston, also received an honorable mention.