Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) announced today that Jordan Recchia, a student from Valencia High School, will represent the 25th Congressional District in the National Congressional Art Competition. His winning entry, a portrait of his father which was painted in oil pastels, will be displayed on Capitol Hill for one year, along with entries from among high school students across the nation.
“Jordan is an incredibly talented young man and I am pleased that such a beautiful work of art will represent my district,” said McKeon
While touring the Capitol, visitors can see the exhibit, located in a corridor between the Cannon House Office Building and the Capitol. In June, Jordan will travel to Washington for the opening ceremony.
“Jordan won against some incredibly tough competition,” added McKeon. “It is astonishing to see that we have so much talent among the youth of our district. Yet in Jordan’s piece, you see a real depth and appreciation for his subject.”
“I felt the portrait of my father was my strongest work,” said Jordan. “Even though the theme of the painting didn’t necessarily reflect the Santa Clarita Valley, as others had, I felt strongly that this was my best effort.” The 11th grader is in his second year of Advanced Placement Art at Valencia High School and plans a career in transportation design.
The Congressional Arts Competition is open to all students in the 25th District. Patricia, Rep. McKeon’s wife, coordinated the competition when McKeon was first elected, but at the time there was very little interest in the program. This year, Carl Goldman, owner of KHTS radio, and Gloria Locke, owner of SCV Arts, took the initiative to encourage participation in the program throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Carl and Gloria have really given the competition a shot in the arm. They know where the talent is out there and how to reach out to the kids. Patricia and I can’t thank them enough for all their help,” said McKeon.