Castilleja student winner in Congressional Art Competition

Painting by Saloni Kalkat to hang in U.S. Capitol after being selected in competition

A painting called "Peacemaker," by Castilleja School junior Saloni Kalkat, will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year after taking first place in the 14th Congressional Art Competition.

More than 20 pieces of artwork were submitted from students from Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, according to Patrick Boland, communications director for Eshoo's office.

Saloni, a resident of Los Altos Hills, was awarded two free tickets to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, for the opening reception for winning artists.

Eshoo hosted a reception for the young artists Saturday (June 4) at the Pacific Art League, which included judges from the PAL, Executive Director Richard Ambrose and board members and art instructors Robin Scholl and Kay Culpepper, Boland said.

The Congressional Art Competition was launched in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Tara
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

I wish the article showed Saloni's "Peacemaker" work, which won first place, though I also love the one in the photo, though.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of University South
on Jun 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

What IS the correct title of the painting??

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Posted by Colette Cranston
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jun 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Saloni has an amazing talent, it is wonderful that she won this award. There will be many more in her future, I imagine.

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