Tessera’s work was selected by the office of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the 10th Congressional District.
“It is such an honor right now. I’m so excited,” the West High senior said after Denham announced her name at a ceremony Monday at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
Tessera worked on “The Cuckoo’s Nightmare” for more than 30 hours.
“I wanted to do something that would make you wonder, ‘What’s going on?’” she said.
Tessera’s work will now hang in the underground hallway between the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
Another Wolf Pack artist, Neha Singh, was selected as the second-place winner. Singh’s portrait “All of Your Colors,” based on the style of American photorealist painter Chuck Close, will hang in the congressman’s Modesto office for the next year.
“I thought maybe if I entered in the art competition, it would help me increase my confidence,” Singh said.
Denham said the competition is an important way to highlight great artists in the community.
“You can see there is a lot of passion. A lot of local talent,” he said.
Tessera, who will attend San Jose State University in the fall to major in animation illustration, will fly to Washington, D.C., with her family for national competition this summer.
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