Indian-American Student's Art Presented at US Capitol
In a proud moment for Indian-Americans, the artwork of a community student from Florida is all set to be displayed at the US Capitol
FREMONT, CA: Sraddha Karthik, a Grade 11 student from Tampa High School in Florida, has been named the winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition at the Tampa Museum of Art, in which high school students from all across Hillsborough County fought for a chance to exhibit their work in the US Capitol. According to a press statement published by Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Sraddha Karthik, who immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was one, won the top award with her graphite work "Pensive Gaze," which was done with delicacy and precision.
Sraddha’s self-portrait explores the difference between perception and reality. According to the press release, she utilized multiple hues of graphite to create depth and perspective in her artwork. Sraddha has been sketching since she was seven years old when her parents enrolled her in an art class. Though she does not get much time, she tries to fit in as much art as she can as it helps her in expressing herself. The Congresswoman’s office commented that Sraddha’s career in architecture, which she hopes to follow after high school, will be enhanced by art. Karthik has been competing in the Salvador Dali Museum annual art competition since eighth grade, and her work has been chosen to be displayed every year.
The media mentioned that this would be her first visit to Washington, DC, for her national presentation this summer. Her artwork will be displayed in the US Capitol for a year among the winners of congressional art competitions from across the country. She also commented that one of the best high school art competitions in the country takes place at the Tampa Museum of Art, and as the whole world is recovering from the pandemic, she is also grateful to her parents, instructors, and especially students who have turned to the arts for inspiration and connection.