Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Artist from San Francisco High School Featured in U.S. Capitol Show

June 22, 1999

Victorian House, a pen-and-ink drawing by Chika Nakamoto, an exchange student from Japan attending George Washington High School in San Francisco, will be one of the featured art works to hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, as part of the 18th Annual Congressional Art Competition Awards.

Chika Nakamoto (center) and her art teacher Sherie Yazman (left), meet with Congresswoman Pelosi.

"Chika Nakamoto is a talented young woman who has captured something of the essence of San Francisco in her splendid rendering," said Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "She came to our city and George Washington High School from Osaka as part of the Youth for Understanding exchange program. Her rapid command of our artistic sensibilities is a testament to her own hard work, intelligence, and talent, to the support of her family and sponsors, and to the skill and guidance of her teachers. I am proud to have her work represent San Francisco in the Capitol of the United States."

The official opening ceremonies for the exhibition take place at noon today. Local support makes it possible for Chika to attend. The Congressional Arts Caucus initiated the annual competition in 1982 to encourage and recognize the artistic abilities of high school students. Some 4,000 local contests have since involved the participation of almost three quarters of a million young talents.

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