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25th of February 2018

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Bishop O’Connell junior’s art will be on windshields throughout Arlington

Artists dream of having their work known and admired in museums or art galleries.

Schuyler Workmaster’s art will be displayed on more than 160,000 windshields throughout Arlington.

Workmaster, a junior at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, won the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office’s 2018 decal competition. The 14th annual contest invites high school students who reside in or attend school in Arlington to submit images for the windshield decals. The competition began in 2005.

Along with having her artwork displayed on windshields, Workmaster received a cash prize of $750 from the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union.

Workmaster was a finalist in the contest the previous two years, but her perseverance paid off this time.

“It's nice to see my efforts realized,” she said. “I put a lot of work into my pieces and the recognition is appreciated. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of people who have supported me.”

Arlington County Treasurer Carla de la Pava said she is proud of Workmaster. “Her art spoke to many people,” she said. “It’s the persistence of Schuyler and the faculty of O’Connell that is admirable.”

The drawing of the Arlington skyline and Potomac River in the spring as viewed from Washington beat out three other finalist designs from 191 submissions. More than 3,600 votes were cast during the competition. The scene shows Arlington in the spring.

“The cherry blossoms bring life and color to the picture, which highlights both its beauty and uniqueness,” said Workmaster. “The juxtaposition of the city and nature brings together a unified and diverse picture.”

Workmaster liked how the Arlington skyline reflected off the water in her drawing. “It's a very serene and beautiful scene,” she said. “It also shows both aspects of urban life and nature in one cohesive piece.”

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