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Germantown Resident Wins Congressional Art Competition

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A member of the 2015 graduating class of Northwest High School has one of his art works hanging in the U.S. Capitol.

Jean-Baptiste Bolou, of Germantown, was the winner of the Congressional Art Competition. In April, Congressman John K. Delaney of the Maryland 6th-District hosted an Awards Reception announcing winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition and honoring all submitted student work at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick.

A panel of judges from local colleges selected Jean-Baptiste Bolou as the competition’s first place winner for his work, titled TypeFACE.


“The great works submitted to this year’s Art Competition spoke to the skill and ambition of our students and to the dedication of Maryland teachers, who help to inspire our youngest generation,” said Congressman Delaney. “Jean-Baptiste Bolou submitted a thought-provoking piece which captured our attention and he deserves to be recognized for his talent.”

The winning piece depicts a face filled with words associated with the sport of soccer. Bolou was a member of the boys soccer team at Northwest High School prior to graduation this Spring.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to encourage and recognize outstanding student talent in the visual arts. Each spring, the House of Representatives hosts the art competition which is open to high school students nationwide. Congressman Delaney accepted entries from students in Maryland’s 6th District.

Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.


Top: Germantown resident Jean-Baptiste Bolou’s winning artwork TypeFACE.