Local Scout Themed Art Earns First Place
Honored for his first-place achievement in the nationally competitive Congressional Art Competition, Aaron Matthew Cannon Panaligan was flown to our Nation's Capitol with his mom and dad to represent Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District in June 2018.
Due to his involvement in a plethora of high school activities this past fall, it took Panaligan a couple of weeks to paint this piece back in October of 2017. Initially he painted it for his, "application to art college as a self- portrait," said Panaligan, "I didn't want to enter this painting when my art teacher asked me at first because I wanted to put it on display at my grad party, but he insisted and thank God he did."
Eagle Scout Panaligan used his favorite medium, watercolor, to illustrate who he was in the painting: a young man who was proud of his achievements not only as a boy scout, but also as an American with a rich Filipino heritage. His painting will be hung up for the next year beneath the Capitol in the Cannon Tunnel among hundreds of other pieces of art completed by talented young Americans across the country.