a collage of paintings of sea animals and flowers

Each spring, a nationwide high-school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The office of Carlos Gimenez reached out to invite Marathon High School to enter the Artistic Discovery Contest for 2024. This is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent from throughout the nation, as well as from within our own congressional district. I was pleased to join the MMHS staff as the new art teacher in early January of this year. Since that time, I have been continually amazed by the talent shared by our student-artists here at the school. 

My goal is to continue promoting these up-and-coming artists and designers by way of community outreach, entry in new shows and competitions, and through collaborative projects on campus and all around the Florida Keys. The Artistic Discovery Contest we participated in is open each year to high-school students from our district. The winning artwork from our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the United States. Winning artwork is also featured on House.gov’s Congressional Art Competition page. Marathon Middle High School has the student art here selected to represent Marathon. We as teachers, parents and our administration wish them well in the final stages of judging.

Thanks to all who submitted designs this year, and best of luck to these seven talented young artists!

Shannon Wiley
Shannon Wiley is a native Floridian born in Hialeah, Florida. He's an artist, muralist, graphic designer, teacher and coach. He currently lives in Marathon with his two children. Besides painting, he enjoys all the wonders of the Florida Keys. HIs work is for sale at Guild Hall Gallery in Key West and at Shady Palm Gallery in Marathon.