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Local graduate’s artwork is a finalist in Congressional contestArtwork created by Forrest Patterson was one of five pieces named a finalist in the Congressional District Art Competition.

Patterson, a 2013 graduate of Carrollton High School (CHS), entered an acrylic piece entitled “We’re All in This Together” which depicts American military personnel from the Revolutionary era to the present.  His artwork is on display in Congressman Bill Johnson’s office in Marietta.

Patterson admitted he didn’t get interested in art until he was in Bell Herron Middle School in Jackie Pozderac’s art class.  He continued taking art classes in high school and learned of the contest from Pozderac (who now teaches art at CHS.)  The theme for the contest this year was “An Artistic Discovery.”

“I decided to enter the contest and began doodling until I had the idea,” stated Patterson.  “Creating the idea took around a week and about one month to do the actual project.”

Constantly doodling and drawing, Patterson will attend Kent State University main campus in the fall.  He plans to major in commercial art.  Acrylic art is his favorite but he is getting into digital art and learning the Photoshop program.   

“I was surprised when Mrs. Pozderac told me I was a finalist,” Patterson stated.  “I had my doubts because Mrs. Poz always says the harshest critic is the artist.  It really is an honor and very cool.”

Forrest painted above the history and government classrooms in CHS, creating paintings from suggestions from the individual teachers.

“Forrest is an amazing artist and was an excellent art student,” said Pozderac.  “This is a great accomplishment!”

Patterson is the son of Rachel Patterson of Carrollton and Shawn Patterson of Akron.  He has two siblings, Savannah Patterson, 20, and Colton Trushel, 11.  He received Eagle Scout rank in April and was a member of the Chess and Art Clubs while attending CHS.  He also does commission work.

Initiated in 1982 by House of Representatives, the Congressional Art Competition has become an annual event that allows students from all over the country to showcase their artistic abilities. 

All high school students residing in the 6th Congressional District are eligible to enter the competition. 

“Thank you to all of the students who participated in this year’s art competition,” Johnson said.  “It is an honor for me to showcase the artistic talents of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio students.  I was once again amazed by the quality and creativity of the art we received, and it is truly a credit to art teachers and programs at our local high schools.”

Nagmita Shrestha, a sophomore from Canfield High School in Mahoning County, was the overall winner.  Her artwork will be on display for one year in the Capitol Building.  

Categories included:  paintings including oil, acrylics, and watercolor; drawings including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers; collages, prints including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints; mixed media; computer generated art; and photography.

To view the 2013 contest winners and finalists, visit Johnson’s website at : http://billjohnson. house.gov and search for the art competition.

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