The contest is over and the Biltmore Estate is still tallying the official vote count. As of 11:59PM on January 31, Perry's entry "Sleigh Ride" was in first place. We will know more on the official results later on in February.
In the meantime, here are some images from the contest including Perry's entry. There is also a great video segment from Dawn Pellas of Central PA Live featuring an interview with Perry highlighting the story behind the art he created for his Biltmore Wine Label entry. Not only does it contain some great info in the Biltmore House, but also on his personal creative process. If you missed the broadcast, click the link below to watch the video. Again, thank you for your support and feel free to share.
Link to Video Segment
The 2015 Congressional Art Competition culminated in Washington, D.C. with the winners, members of Congress, and artist Perry Winkler in attendance. The Pennsylvania 5th Congressional District Representative, Glenn Thompson, is a supporter of the gallery and arranged for Perry to be the keynote speaker.
The video includes several speakers. Fast forward to 32:40 for Glenn Thompson's introduction of Perry:
Unfortunately, the speech was cut off before Perry shares his concluding statements. He has provided his written notes, as well as a few inspirational images which follow below:
I no longer feel that, when only in eleventh grade, having my first art directors job offer fall into my lap when the President of a major advertising agency located in Asheville, North Carolina had a spontaneous meeting with my father while on a hunting venture in the vast woods of rural Pennsylvania was just a fluke. I don't view it as a “coincidence” that the Patsy Dunmire, an artist and teacher who became a strong mentor and major inspiration to me was employed at my school during the same period of time that I was enrolled there. It also seems beyond coincidence that a spontaneous introduction in the fall of 1978 at a dance club to an accomplished and successful artist named Roger Nippress would lead to a priceless and life long relationship based on
our mutual appreciation for our craft.