Eric Cantor honors artistic students

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Republican Congressman Eric Cantor was in Richmond Saturday morning to honor high school students at the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

More than 120 students participated in the annual competition in which the winner will have their art displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

Cantor said the event provides a competitive opportunity for burgeoning young artists.

Additionally, he said the state is known for its fine artists, in addition to its history of political leadership.

“These kids take some inspiration from those role models they learn about and then they are recognized for some of their hard work,” he said.

The award ceremony was held at Capital One's West Creek Town Center.

CBS 6 did ask the House Majority Leader about President Obama's visit to Richmond, but Cantor said he had no comment -- and that he was there only to talk about the children’s art.