His digital photograph, titled “The Journey,” depicts a honey bee pollinating a pink flower blossom. The Journey was selected as the winner by a panel of judges at the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery (MHC) in Stockton . “We had a lot of great pieces and the journey ranked highest in the judges’ point system,” explained Richard Rios, Gallery Director at MHC.
Hernandez and his parents had an opportunity to visit Washington DC where his art now joins others in an annual exhibit at the frequently used passageway between the U.S. Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building in Washington , D.C. The impressive annual exhibit represents the combined efforts of Members of Congress, students, and teachers who encourage their students to enter the competition.
The winner from each Congressional District is invited to a Capitol Hill reception in July that highlights their accomplishments in conjunction with the hanging of their artwork. “we had an opportunity to see national landmarks,” said Hernandez; and he highlighted, “My parents were happy with the Washington [DC] tour which they never imagined doing.”
At the reception all artist were congratulated for their accomplishments and talents. “I am pleased to congratulate Jose and recognize all of his hard work,” said Congressman Cardoza. “Each year my office receives a significant number of entries. I know that this was not an easy decision for the judges with such quality artwork being submitted. I appreciate all of the participation we received from our community’s young artists.”
Caption for photo from left to right Student Jose Hernandez, Father Arturo Hernandez, Mother Florencia Venegas and Congressman Dennis Cardoza at the 18th Congressional District Art Competition in Washington DC .