Ellen Chen ’24 received a Special Recognition Award in the 2021 Congressional Arts Competition for her painting Fragile, depicting a girl rescuing piglets from rising flood waters. The painting, which is currently part of the collection at MoCA museum in Westport, CT, will be displayed for one year in the office of Congressman Jim Himes. The annual Congressional Arts Competition, which is sponsored by the Congressional Institute, recognizes and encourages artistic talent in high school students across the nation in each congressional district.
Describing her award-winning piece, Ellen shares, "This painting expresses the fragility of life. It brings attention to the small isolated villages that can be easily devastated by natural disasters."