Butterfield Congratulates Winners of 2014 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 28, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) congratulates Carmen Li of Roanoke Rapids High School, who earned the top honor of “Best in Show” during Saturday’s official awards ceremony for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition themed, An Artistic Discovery.  Li, whose charcoal piece entitled “Exhaustion”, was one of 50 students from 14 high schools in North Carolina’s First Congressional District that entered the competition.

“It is essential that we nurture and support our youth’s artistic talent to help them realize their gifts and provide platforms to pursue their dreams,” said Butterfield.  “I congratulate all of the participating students who competed this year.  This is an accomplishment that they should all be most proud of.”

The judges, Kenneth Rogers, Director of North Carolina Central University’s Art Museum; Anne Gregory, Artist and Instructor at Durham Arts Council; and Rita Rathbone, Visual Arts Educator and Curriculum Specialist, selected eight finalists from the 62 submissions received based on technique, storytelling, detail, and medium.  

Li, the competition’s overall winner, will have her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one calendar year and additionally, the chance to qualify for a $3,000 per year scholarship to a prestigious College of Art and Design.

The full list of North Carolina’s First District winners follows.


Best in Show

  • Carmen Li of Roanoke Rapids High School, “Exhaustion”

1st Place

  • Destiny Everette of Durham School of the Arts, “Exciting News”

2nd Place

  • Madeline Partner of Durham School of the Arts, “Curiously Me”

3rd Place

  • Regina Bayne of Franklinton High School, “Baby Pit”

Honorable Mention

  • Rachel Heidelmeier of Rocky Mount High School, “Good Night Moon”
  • LaBria Lloyd of Rocky Mount High School, “(SA)”
  • Brittany Forbes-Epps of KIPP Pride/Gaston College Prep, “Motown Reality”
  • Ivan Martinez-Cortez of Southern School of Energy, “Downtown”