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MSSD artwork graces Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Image: Congresswoman Norton cuts the ribbon at the opening of the National Congressional Art Competition exhibit at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on June 12. (Note: All photos taken by Philip Bogdan.)

Congresswoman Norton cuts the ribbon at the opening of the National Congressional Art Competition exhibit at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on June 12. (Note: All photos taken by Philip Bogdan.)

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Self-Portrait" by Mikail Baptiste

MSSD student artwork: "Self-Portrait" by Mikail Baptiste

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Rebirth" by Seth Washington

MSSD student artwork: "Rebirth" by Seth Washington

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Costa Rica Church" by Amberlin Hines

MSSD student artwork: "Costa Rica Church" by Amberlin Hines

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Dreaming of Grandma" by Ryan King

MSSD student artwork: "Dreaming of Grandma" by Ryan King

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Bella" by Alexandra Langweil

MSSD student artwork: "Bella" by Alexandra Langweil

Image: MSSD student artwork: "Search for Self" by Matthew Whitfield

MSSD student artwork: "Search for Self" by Matthew Whitfield

Travelers passing through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this summer can view award-winning artwork produced by 19 talented Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) students. It is among 80 outstanding works of art and photography from students in the District of Columbia now on display as part of the 31st National Congressional Art Competition exhibit.

The exhibit opened to the public on June 12 with a ceremony emceed by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). "We can take pride in the young people in our city . . .  They [the students] took their original ideas, thought them through, and executed them using their artistic talents. This work deserves to be seen and appreciated," she said.

MSSD art teacher Philip Bogdan encouraged his students to submit their artwork to the competition. "Our Visual Literacy and Visual Arts program emphasizes both concept and technique," said Bogdan. "Our students ultimately created imagery of enormous depth, power, and beauty."

This is the second year MSSD students have submitted their artwork. Bogdan had his students learn how to create a Buzan's Mind Map, or a visual, non-linear diagram about themselves, to represent words, ideas, experiences, and interests.  

The artwork can be viewed in the Terminal B and C baggage claim area. The National Congressional Art Competition exhibit will run through July 29, 2012.

 MSSD students whose works are on display:

  • Mikail Baptiste
  • Tanea Brown
  • Lyric Eakins
  • Ariana Eldred
  • Jed Eldred
  • Fatou Greene
  • Amberlin Hines
  • Ryan King
  • Chelsea Korn
  • Alexandra Langweil
  • Dylan Levenson
  • Vera Mauro
  • Hasana Muhammad