San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that Man Hei Cheung is the winner of the 31st annual Congressional Arts Competition from California’s 12th Congressional district. Man, a recent graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts, won this year’s competition with an oil painting entitled "Portrait of a Friend."
“The pieces in this year’s Congressional Arts Competition showcase the hard work and ingenuity of our country’s talented young minds,” Pelosi said. “I congratulate Man on his winning painting, and I know his art will brighten the halls of the Capitol.”
As a student at the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, Man Hei Cheung had the opportunity to develop his skills as an aspiring artist. After moving from Hong Kong five years ago, Man was trained by skilled instructors in the art of drawing, painting, sculpting, and photography. Beyond the classroom, Man fulfilled his dreams of visiting exhibitions of many artists he describes as “great masters.” His desire to one day become a great master himself is reinforced by his recognition as this year’s congressional art winner of California’s 12th Congressional district. Man plans to continue painting when he attends the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art this fall.
Since 1982, the Annual Congressional Art Competition has provided an opportunity for high school students across the United States to compete for a chance to exhibit their artwork in the nation’s Capitol. This year’s competition was hosted by the San Francisco Unified School District during the annual Young at Art festival, displaying over 2,000 pieces of art at the DeYoung museum located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
For the next year, Man’s 15 x 15 inch painting will hang with the paintings from the nation’s other Congressional Art Competition winners in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the United States Capitol, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy exceptional artwork from some of our nation’s young artists.