Cooper Student¹s Award-winning Piece Selected for Year-long National Exhibit

Lia O’Riordan

THE WOODLANDS, TX – Lia O’Riordan, a junior at The John Cooper School, who earned a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards earlier this year, has had her award-winning drawing selected for a special exhibit in Washington, D.C. as part of Art.Write.Now.DC.

O’Riordan’s drawing, entitled “Careful Thinking” was one of 100 award winners selected for the exhibit that will be displayed in the lobby of the U.S. Department of Education’s main building, at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The year-long exhibit will highlight the work of both art and writing award recipients.

O’Riordan was congratulated by the organization in a letter to Cooper visual arts teacher Karen Fearon. “We are honored to present your student’s work as an example of the very best creative work by our nation’s emerging artists,” the letter stated. For a list of exhibited works and more information, go to



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