A Northport High School senior was honored recently as the winner of Rep. Steve Israel’s annual Congressional Arts Competition, and her work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
Carolyn Pucillo, 17, was recognized during a ceremony April 20 in Great Neck for her ballpoint pen drawing, “Playing the Game,” which depicts her brother and father on a typical night at the family’s home.
“My brother and I were playing chess, and my dad had fallen asleep,” Pucillo said. “The placement of the figures and the foreshortening on my brother’s arm were both important aspects of the piece.”
Her Northport High classmate, Julia Tannenbaum, took second place, while Wheatley School student Ryan Helfant won third place.
All three honorees attend high schools within New York’s 3rd Congressional District, which stretches along the North Shore of Long Island from western Smithtown in Suffolk County, through Nassau County and into Queens.
“The Congressional Arts Competition is a terrific way to showcase some of New York's young artistic talent,” said Israel (D-Huntington). “I commend all our participants for their hard work, and I look forward to seeing Carolyn Pucillo’s work hanging in the U.S. Capitol’s hallway.”
The Congressional Art Competition, established in 1982, allows representatives to honor students from their districts and offers the chance to display their work to a wider audience. More than 650,000 students nationwide have participated in the contest.