Jared Gochuico, a senior at Mt. Eden High School, earned high honors over the summer when his mixed-media work titled “Examination” was selected as winner of the 30th Annual Congressional Arts Competition. The piece is on display at the Capitol, along with other winners from across the nation.
“As you can imagine, winning this award was no small accomplishment,” wrote his art teacher, Carrie King, in an email. “The competition was intense with only the very best work from the students from all over the East Bay on display. I’ve taught art at Mt. Eden for the past 19 years and I know that in that time no student from Mt. Eden has won this award. I am unaware of the last time (if ever) a student from HUSD has won. I’m very proud to be his teacher.”
She said on Tuesday that Jared is extremely talented but is also very disciplined and doesn’t coast on his skills. “He absolutely works harder than any other student I have had,” she said. “He won’t just put in partial effort and still get an A. So much of it is sweat.”
Jared and his family were flown to Washington DC courtesy of Southwest airlines in late June to view his artwork, which will remain on display in the Cannon Tunnel in the capitol building for the next year. Jared and over 430 winners from other districts, about 50 from CA, were in Washington DC to celebrate this national competition.
Read Rep. Pete Stark’s release after the jump.
STARK WELCOMES ART CONTEST WINNER TO DC
Hayward Resident Jared Gochuico’s Winning Piece “Examination” Now Hanging in U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON – Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) met on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol with Jared Gochuico, winner of the 30th Annual Congressional Arts Competition. Gochuico’s piece, entitled “Examination,” is currently displayed in the Capitol along with the winning artwork from Congressional Districts across the country.
“I’m proud to be part of this national group – an “elite group” [the organizers] said,” explained Gochuico. “It’s just a normal group of kids with a lot of talent.”
Gochuico will be a senior at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward this fall, and is currently building his art portfolio to submit to colleges. Gochuico says he began his artistic career in grade school as just a hobby, but now says it will “always be a strong part of my life.” He may use his art skills to pursue a career in architecture.
“Examination” was created with mixed media, including watercolor paint, charcoal, and soft pastels. Gochuico says he used his friend as a model and emphasized the Rubik’s Cube in his hand with bold color while keeping the rest of the piece’s colors muted, “something exciting in a dull atmosphere.” Gochuico uses this technique often, he says, in part because he has a form of color blindness that makes it difficult for him to distinguish certain colors.
“Jared’s artistic talent is very impressive,” said Rep. Stark. “In ‘Examination,’ the young man holding the Rubik’s Cube is working the puzzle, representing the challenges faced by young people as they grow up, Jared explained. He has captured this right of passage well, and I’m pleased that his work represents our Congressional District in the Capitol. I’m also thankful to the Fremont Arts Council for helping to organize the exhibition.”
Gochuico took advantage of the resources at his high school, even lobbying an art teacher to let him enroll in a senior-level AP Studio Art class as a junior. It was this teacher, Ms. King, who encouraged him to submit “Examination” to the Congressional Arts Competition.