St. John’s upper school freshman, HoYoung (Grace) Kang, won first place in the 2023 Congressional Art Contest. Her winning artwork depicted this year’s theme, Guam, Where Americas Day Begins, and is inspired by Guam’s Two Lover’s Point. In the artwork, the goddess, which represents the Two Lover’s Point, looks at the eagle, the symbol of the United States, and wishes for world peace.
Kang was surprised when she was notified that she had won. “I couldn’t believe it because the purpose I participated in the congressional art competition was to challenge myself,” mentioned Kang. She further added that COVID-19 had an impact on the tourism industry on Guam. She hopes that people who see her painting at the U.S. Capitol will inspire them to visit Guam.
On May 2, Kang was honored as the 2023 winner for Guam with Congressman James Moylan in Hagatña.
Kang’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol and will be featured on house.gov’s congressional art competition page. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts nationwide.