Tupelo junior McWhirter wins art competition

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Brad McWhirter, a junior at Tupelo High School, is this year’s winner of the 1st District Congressional Art Competition.
McWhirter’s entry, a photograph titled “Never Out of Style,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year beginning in June.
“With the many entries from talented young artists in the 1st District, the judges’ selection was no easy decision,” said 1st District Congressman Travis Childers of Booneville.
“I am always proud to represent North Mississippi, but it is a special honor to witness the potential of young constituents and the great talents they possess.”
As the overall winner, McWhirter is eligible for a $1,500-per-year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design and will receive complimentary Southwest Airlines tickets to Washington, D.C.
The 2010 1st District Congressional Art Competition had 90 entries. The winner was announced on Saturday at the Gum Tree Museum of Art in Tupelo.
Tina Lutz, executive director of the museum, and William Heard, an award-winning artist, judged the competition.