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.