Alexis Jansen Honored by Congressman Steve Chabot
Artwork by Alexis Jansen, a DCHS student who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year, will hang in Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot’s office indefinitely. The painting, entitled “As Time Goes By,” won second place in the ACSI Regional Art Show and was later entered in the annual Congressional Art Competition. Although art show officials decided that her work would be ineligible for the contest, Congressman Chabot personally requested that Jansen’s work be hung in his Washington office in her honor.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition in order to recognize and encourage young artists in the nation. Winning works are displayed at the U.S. Capital Building in Washington D.C. for an entire year. Second place finishers hang in the Washington office of the artist’s congressional representative. Those that finish in third place hang in the home office of their Congressman.
Despite being ineligible for the contest, Congressman Chabot’s office reached out to Jansen’s family and asked if he could honor Alexis by hanging her work in his Washington office continually – not just for a year.
“They requested that Alexis’s artwork hang in Congressman Chabot’s office for as long as he was in office,” said Alexis’s mother, Emily Conely. “But they understand that the piece is personal to me, and I might like to have it back. They will honor that request.”
“However,” said Conely, “we are greatly honored by this gesture.”
This will be the second time that Alexis’s artwork will hang in Congressman Chabot’s office. Her artwork won third place in the same competition last spring and has been in Chabot’s local office for the last year.
“As Time Goes By” will also be featured on the cover of the soon to be published Creative Writing book by the Association of Christian Schools International.
*”As Time Goes By” is the artwork shown on the right in the photo above.