Congressional Art Competition winners named

May 8, 2013

Both U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., have announced winners in their respective district’s Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”

First-place winner in Bustos’ 17th Congressional District is Madison Thompson from Spoon River Valley High School, who will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. The four runners-up are Shyanne Brewer from Geneseo High School, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Washington, D.C., Office.; Katherine Dix from Rock Island High School, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rock Island office; Randi Payne from Pekin High School, who will have his artwork displayed in Bustos’ Peoria office; and Cecilia Ottens from Milledgeville High School, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rockford office.

First-place winner in Kinzinger’s 16th District is Hannah Munson, a senior from Utica, Ill., attending Somonauk Christian School. Hannah’s piece, titled “A Stolen Heart,” was created using pencil and shading tools and was one of 10 pieces of art submitted this year.

Honorable mentions in the contest went to Cynthia Huhnke, a senior from Ottawa, Ill., attending Ottawa Township High School, for her piece titled “Sunset by the River”; John McLuckie, a senior from Wilmington, Ill., attending Coal City High School, for his piece titled “Running to the Edge of the World”; and Alejandro Escobar, a junior from Rochelle, Ill., attending Rochelle Township High School, for his piece titled “A Hero to All: My Father.” The artwork was selected based on a crowd-source vote and by a panel of local judges.

Munson’s piece will be displayed in a yearlong exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol. In addition, she will be awarded travel for two to Washington, D.C., to attend the official art show opening, and a reception in her honor along with other contest winners from congressional districts throughout the country.

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. One winning piece of art work from each House district will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., for the next year. The runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rock Island office, Peoria office, Rockford office, and Washington, D.C., office. The winner of the competition will also win two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C.

From the May 8-14, 2013, issue

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