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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Ardmore Student Declared Art Contest Winner for Fourth District

May 14, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) congratulated this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition from the Fourth District of Oklahoma. Aamina Yousaf, who has studied art for three years, is a sophomore student at Plainview High School in Ardmore. She is the daughter of Muhammed Yousaf and Azra Perveen, and her art teacher is Brenda Fisher.

Earlier this spring, high school students across the district were invited to participate in the annual contest, and all entries were judged by a panel of art and culture experts. After their thoughtful deliberation, Yousaf’s charcoal drawing entitled “Eagles” was declared the winner.

Yousaf explained that she chose the subject of her work after a photograph of an eagle captured her attention and inspired her to use her favorite medium of charcoal to depict three eagles looking up at the sky. She explained, “I wanted to use black and white because I knew it would look really nice, and charcoal is my favorite. Then I decided on three eagles to draw in the focus of the picture.” While the piece only took a little over a week to create, it will now be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

“Every year I am amazed by the talent of our high school students in the Fourth District,” said Cole. “I am honored to congratulate Aamina Yousaf on her artistic achievement.  Her impressively detailed masterpiece highlights the beauty and strength of the eagle. We are very fortunate to have her piece represent and showcase the talent of the Fourth District of Oklahoma for all visitors of the Capitol to admire.”


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