Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Work of Local High School Artist Featured in U.S. Capitol Opening

June 23, 1998

Remembering California's Mexican Heritage, a still life by 14 year old Felipe Merida of San Francisco, will be one of the featured works to hang in the U.S. Capitol as part of the 17th Annual Congressional Art Competition Awards. "Felipe Merida is a talented young man who is an inspiration to us all," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "He recently came to San Francisco from Guatemala and in a short time has shown that hard work and a supportive family and teachers who care can lead to wonderful opportunity."

Mr. Merida is a student at San Francisco's School of the Arts. His artwork is one of 296 works of art selected to hang in the U.S. Capitol in order to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of America's high school students. The official opening ceremonies for the exhibition take place at noon today. Local support made it possible for Felipe, his mother and his teacher to attend today's ceremonies in Washington.

The annual competition was first begun in 1982 by the Congressional Arts Caucus. Since then, nearly 4,000 local contests have been held involving more than 700,000 high school students.

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