Student Spotlight

Katelyn Chau A'20 Wins Congressional Choice Award

Katelyn Chau's art was featured at the 14th Congressional District and Next Generation High School Art Competition presented by the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibition showcased exemplary work created by high school students with students competing for two top prizes. Katelyn recently found out that her painting titled “Vietnam Streets” won one of those coveted prizes--the Congressional Choice Award! Her artwork will continue to represent the district in the National Congressional High School Art Competition and will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year. Additionally, she and her art teacher Ms. Lima will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Awards Ceremony. Congratulations on this huge honor!

Katelyn’s collection of artwork this year in AP Studio 2D Art and Design is called “Rễ: Uncovering My Roots.” Her artist statement says: “The central idea of my concentration is the beauty of Vietnam, highlighting the exploration of my roots and what it means to be Vietnamese. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by the origin of my parents, who both emigrated from Vietnam; I grew up listening to their childhood stories and wondering what it was like to live there. Often known as the war-stricken country in the mid 1900s, Vietnam is much more than what it seems — it’s full of gorgeous scenery, fascinating history, lively culture, and bare lifestyles. My investigation includes “snapshots” of people performing everyday tasks and close-ups of traditional foods to demonstrate the beauty and vibrancy of Vietnam, specifically looking into the “little things” that make it so special to me. The investigation evolves from simple observations of Vietnam to more complex ideas of my identity, helping me to reconnect with my family and our heritage. Therefore, this is Rễ, Vietnamese for ‘roots.’”

Katelyn C. Artist Spotlight
Vietnam Streets
Vietnam Streets
Congressional Choice Award
Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 11 inches

“Rễ: Uncovering My Roots” Collection

Soft and Savory Buns

Soft & Savory Buns; Acrylic on Canvas; 6x6

Tropical Sweets

Tropical Sweets; Acrylic on Canvas; 6x6

The Floating Markets

The Floating Markets; Acrylic on Canvas; 11x14

Mais Along the Mekong Delta

Mais Along the Mekong Delta; Acrylic on Canvas; 11x14

Spicy Shrimp Soup

Spicy Shrimp Soup; Acrylic on Canvas; 9x12


Arise; Acrylic on Canvas; 16x20

Watch and Learn

Watch and Learn; Acrylic on Canvas; 10x8


Growth; Mixed Media - Graphite, Tissue Paper, and Acrylic on Canvas with Photos; 18x24

Direct Hit

Direct Hit; Mixed Media - Tissue Paper and Acrylic on Canvas with Photos; 16x20