Rep. Lipinski Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) today announced that Andrea Dunn, a senior at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for the Third Congressional District. Dunn’s artwork, a painting titled “Marble Universe,” will be displayed in the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., for the next year alongside the winning pieces from congressional districts across the country. She also receives two round-trip airline tickets to Washington to attend a reception with the winning artists from across the country and the unveiling of their works in the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Lipinski presented Dunn with a certificate at a ceremony attended by her family and teachers at Carl Sandburg High School. The congressman also gave school administrators an American flag that had been flown over the Capitol.
In addition to Dunn’s winning piece, the five runners-up will have their artwork displayed for the next year in Rep. Lipinski’s offices: Erin Kelly, of Marist High School, who will have her work displayed in the congressman’s D.C. office; Samantha Brave, of Morton West High School, who will have hers displayed in the congressman’s Chicago district office; Colleen Kelly, of Marist High School, who will have hers displayed in the Orland Park district office; Larissa N. Barnat, of Reavis High School, who will have hers displayed in the Oak Lawn district office; and Madison Tompkins, of Lockport Township High School, who will have her artwork displayed in the Lockport district office.
“I congratulate Ms. Dunn for submitting such a wonderful, imaginative piece. I know visitors to the Capitol will be just as impressed with her ability and creativity,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I also congratulate the five runners-up whose artwork will be seen in my offices for the next year. And I want to wish to thank all of the young artists in the Third District, as well as their families and teachers, who participated in this year’s competition. This was easily the hardest year to pick a winner because of the tremendous talent displayed by our young artists. I am already excited to see what our high school artists come up with next year.”
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since the competition began, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
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