Congressman Brady selects artwork of Upper Darby High School senior for display in the 2017 Congressional High School Art Exhibition in the Capitol

May 23, 2017
PHOTO: Blya Ange Krouba holds her winning artwork, “Warning” at Upper Darby High School
Congressman Brady selects artwork of Upper Darby High School senior for display in the 2017 Congressional High School Art Exhibition in the Capitol

PHILADELPHIA --- Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., PA) has selected the artwork of Blya Ange Krouba, a 12th grade student at Upper Darby High School to represent the First Congressional District in the 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition.

Miss Krouba, who was born in Ivory Coast, Africa, says her mixed media artwork “Warning” was created after she was told she was too dark to be pretty. She says “Warning” expresses the complications of having a dark complexion but also “…focuses on black people being beautiful, unapologetic, strong, human and educated in our world.”

The artwork presents a well-dressed African American man reading a book. “The book in his hand is a symbol of his education. The fence surrounding him symbolizes the negativity that tries to shun his intelligence. The figure is unbothered by the fence and it seems as if he broke right through it,” Miss Krouba explains.

The piece will be displayed along with the artwork other young winners from across the nation during the ten-month exhibition in the U.S. Capitol. Miss Krouba will continue her studies at the University of the Pittsburgh in the fall as a biology/pre-med major. In addition to being the First Congressional 2017 District Art Competition winner, she is also the 2017 Delaware County Community College art show award recipient.

The art showcase, An Artistic Discovery, provides Members of Congress with the opportunity to present the talents and diversity of creative young artists in their districts for visitors to the Capitol to see.

“These young artists will have their work seen by hundreds of thousands people from across the country and around the world who visit the House office building and the U.S. Capitol,” Congressman Brady said. “The Capitol exhibition not only encourages young artists, it also makes the overwhelming case regarding the importance of arts education in our schools.”