Yakima high schooler wins congressional art competition with MMIW painting

Yakima high schooler wins congressional art competition with painting representing MMIW
Morgan Greene: Silenced

YAKIMA, Wash. — Each year, up-and-coming artists from Central Washington submit their greatest work for a chance at having it featured in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. This year, a young woman from A.C. Davis High School in Yakima is the winner for an alluring and deeply-moving painting that represents missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) of the Northwest.

As announced by the office of Central Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse, the winning entry entitled Silenced was submitted by Morgan Greene. Her powerful portrait shows a Native American woman with a red handprint over her mouth.

The red handprint is the symbol of missing and murdered indigenous women used to show solidarity with one of the most targeted and marginalized groups of people in the United States. Though Native Americans make up roughly 2% of the WA population, Native women represent 7% of missing women reported in Washington.

Recently, Rep. Newhouse has used his platform as a state representative to push initiatives that address the discrepancies against Native women in hopes of decreasing the number of MMIW in Washington state.

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The Central Washington Congressman offered the following statement along with the announcement of Greene’s victory:

“I want to extend my congratulations to Morgan on her beautiful and deeply moving painting, which highlights the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in Central Washington and across the country. Her piece not only displays technical mastery but emotional expertise as it urges its audience to action on the MMIW crisis,” said Rep. Newhouse. “My sincere thank also goes out to all of the Central Washington students who submitted artwork for consideration in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. I always enjoy seeing the creativity of our student artists, and I look forward to seeing these pieces displayed in the U.S. Capitol and in my offices, where people from around the country will be able to see the exceptional talent exhibited by Central Washington’s young artists.”

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Greene will be invited to visit the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from across the country for a reception sponsored by the Congressional Institute. Additionally, Rep. Newhouse has invited the second, third, and fourth place winners to hang their art in officers across Washington D.C., Yakima, and the Tri-Cities.

Like Greene, the second, third, and fourth-place winners all came from A.C. Davis High School. They are Mia Dufault (Little Princess), Isabelle Ehlis (Weathered Wisdom), and Marlene Martinez (Dreamer) respectively.

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