Congratulations to sophomore Jeffrey Tian whose watercolor won the Congressional Art Competition for District NY-16. Every year, the Congressional Institute sponsors this nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Winning artwork from congressional districts across the nation, including Jeffrey's painting, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
Titled War and Peace, Jeffrey's watercolor depicts Syria before and after the civil war, and it features Arabic, which is written from right to left. Echoing the direction of the written language, the painting should be viewed from right (representing the past) to left (representing the present) as a chronological documentation of the state of Syria.