District 14 U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Calhoun, announced the winners of the competition at a recent reception at Harris Arts Center in Calhoun.
Selsor, 18, was awarded first place for her work “Beauty From Ashes.”
As the winner, her work will be displayed in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel to the U.S. Capitol building for one year along with first -place artwork from similar competitions in each congressional district nationwide.
Selsor said creating the artwork “only took me a few days, but it was over February break so I worked all day for two days to finish it.”
“This is an absolute honor that I honestly never expected,” said Selsor, daughter of Kevin and Shannan Selsor of Acworth.
“The show was fantastic and it was definitely humbling to be picked from so many great pieces. It was really neat to be able to end my high school career as a senior getting the honor of having a piece in Washington, D.C.”
She said she used instant coffee as coloring for the majority of the piece, making different “shades” by making batches of coffee with different amounts of coffee grounds, basically weak and strong coffee.”
“Then I overlaid different sections of the piece with colored pencil for color and vibrancy,” Selsor said.
The competition was open to all high school students across the district, which includes Paulding and 11 other northwest Georgia counties.
The competition was facilitated by Harris Arts Center, which collected the submissions and appointed an independent panel of judges to select the winners.
Selsor won first place, followed by second place, Taylor Ratliff of Armuchee High School; third place, Jamie Armstrong of Armuchee High School; and two honorable mentions, Marco Hernandez of Trion High School and Rebekah Wildes of Murray County High School.
“All of these students are so creative and talented. I’m always impressed by the artwork we see each year,” Graves said.
“Congratulations to the students who participated and thank you to Harris Arts Center for facilitating the competition. I look forward to seeing Ms. Selsor’s work represent northwest Georgia in the Capitol for the next year.”