June 10, 2023


Arts Eternal

Rochelle News-Leader | RTHS’s Hueramo again wins Congressional Art competition

ROCHELLE — Just about every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide substantial school art levels of competition for each and every district in the country. The Congressional Artwork Competition is an prospect to recognize and motivate inventive talent in our youth, reaching just about every corner of the United States. 

Tuesday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the winner of the 2022 Congressional Artwork Level of competition for the 16th District of Illinois. This year marks the Congressman’s final 12 months collaborating in the Congressional Institute’s Art Competitors, and caps off his best document of using portion in every 12 months that he served in Congress. This year’s winner is Rochelle Township Significant School’s Marlen Hueramo’s work entitled “Lunch in the Commons.” 

This piece is a realistic colour pencil illustration of her buddies possessing lunch in the RTHS cafeteria.  This artwork conveys Marlen’s AP Art inquiry query this calendar year: How can I seize the high university encounter from my position of check out?

Congressman Kinzinger was impressed with Marlen’s “extraordinary skills and means to seize her subject make any difference with amazing depth.” However, this is not the very first time that the Congressman was impressed with Marlen’s artwork.  Marlen gained the Congressional Artwork Award in 2020 as a sophomore for her operate “El Loro” and acquired an honorable point out previous calendar year for her operate “Hacienda Tamales.” RTHS Artwork Division Chair Beth Mock said of her repeat get “Marlen is an amazing artist, particularly her feeling of realism and her means to seize a minute. She has labored particularly hard to enhance her capabilities and written content and it displays in her perform.  I am pretty very pleased of all of her achievements and search forward to observing her proceed to develop as an artist at the university amount.”
Marlen’s perform, alongside with other 2022 Congressional Art winners, will hold in the tunnel among the US Capitol and Congress for a entire year. Along with this honor, Marlen has gained a excursion for two to Washington, D.C., this summer months to see her perform on screen. In 2020, the ceremony was canceled because of to the pandemic.  The Congressman said that he “remains hopeful that as we transfer earlier the pandemic, the Congressional Institute will be in a position to host an in-individual ceremony as the U.S. Capitol Visitor Middle reopens to the public.”

This honor is the last of many bestowed on Marlen of late. At the 37th yearly RTHS Art Display, Marlen’s color pencil “Bubbles” won Best of Show and her painting “Achievement” received the Principal’s Award.  This was immediately after taking household to start with place in the I-8 Conference Competition for this piece, “Lunch in the Commons.” Additionally, at RTHS Honors Night Could 2, it was declared that she will keep on on her creative journey next 12 months at Northern Illinois University, pursuing an art education diploma for which she gained a efficiency scholarship as nicely as a lot of other accolades. 

“I am incredibly grateful for all of these prospects, but none of it could have been probable without the adore and help from my close friends, loved ones, and the superb people today at RTHS who proceed to inspire me each move of the way,” Hueramo stated.

Fellow artwork pupil Troy Papke gained the Honorable Mention Congressional Award for his function “Mizzle.” Ms, Swofford, 1st yr images instructor, reported of his win “This photograph and Troy’s ambition greatly reminds me of the famed Jay Maisel quote, ‘The greatest camera is the one particular you have with you’ as he does a superb task sharing his personal enthusiasm with his peers, and extending his classroom lessons to private perform.” 

Troy stated that his photograph was his “adoration for the ability that continues to be in equally rain and pictures.” A junior, Troy is fired up to contend in up coming year’s level of competition and “keep the winning likely.” In the meantime, Troy’s function will be on screen in the Congressman’s nearby office for a yr.                   

Congressman Kinzinger mentioned of the function, “On behalf of the 16th Congressional District, I’m very pleased to congratulate Marlen, our runner-up, and our honorable mentions on their achievement. How fortunate are we to have these types of remarkable artwork adorn our walls? Specific thank you to the instructors who have mentored our young artists over the several years and inspired them to participate in the Congressional Artwork Level of competition to showcase their expertise. I have carefully loved observing the artwork from our pupils every single 12 months and am grateful to have experienced the prospect to host this occasion in my formal capacity.”

In response to Congressman’s Kinzinger’s statement, Mock reported, “We in the RTHS Art Section are very very pleased of both of those Marlen and Troy.  They are achievement tales of the RTHS Artwork Office and we seem ahead to seeing what the foreseeable future retains for each and every of them. At this time, nevertheless, I would be remiss not to acquire this option to thank the Congressman for his continuous assist of the arts and our art college students.  It has been a privilege to be a aspect of this party with him and his personnel.”