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Sierra Leonean-American High Schooler To Have His Artwork Hung in U.S. Capitol After Winning Art Competition


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Sierra Leonean-American, Lusenie Turay, a talented student from Charles Herbert High School, has won the Fifth District Congressional Art Competition with his striking artwork titled “Regal Musing.” His piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year, showcasing his artistic prowess and cultural heritage.Sierra Leonean

Turay expressed his gratitude and pride in a statement: “I am truly honored and humbled that my artwork ‘Regal Musing’ has been selected as the winning piece to represent District 5. As a Sierra Leonean American, to be able to share the spirit of my home country through art connects me to my roots. The opportunity for it to represent not only Sierra Leone’s culture, but our district in the United States Capitol, is an honor. I poured my heart into capturing my story, and I truly hope my work sparks a deeper appreciation for diverse perspectives and encourages others to share their own unique voices.”

According to The Washington Informer, Turay’s piece, which highlights the beauty and tones of dark skin against a deep blue background, will be formally exhibited at the annual awards event in the U.S. Capitol on June 27. Following this event, “Regal Musing” will remain on display for a year, allowing thousands of visitors to appreciate Turay’s unique artistic vision.Sierra Leonean-American High Schooler To Have His Artwork Hung in U.S. Capitol After Winning Art Competition

In addition to his achievements as an artist, Turay is also a Google Code Next Engineer student. His winning artwork was created using Procreate software, demonstrating his ability to blend technology with traditional art forms.

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Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) praised Turay’s work, stating, “I was captivated by his artwork and impressed by the time and effort he put into creating it. I look forward to viewing his thought-provoking piece in the Capitol complex this year.”

Since its inception in 1982, the Artistic Discovery competition has welcomed over 650,000 entries from high school students across the nation, providing a platform for young artists to showcase their talents. Each year, the competition invites students to submit their works, which are then judged by a panel of experts from the business and education sectors.Sierra Leonean-American High Schooler To Have His Artwork Hung in U.S. Capitol After Winning Art Competition

Turay’s achievement not only highlights his personal talent and dedication but also serves as an inspiration for other young artists to share their unique voices and perspectives through art.


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