(Winning artwork by Cassie Caldwell from Rockford’s Jefferson High School)
MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the winner and runners-up of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. On Saturday in East Peoria, Congresswoman Bustos held her second annual Art Competition Showcase, which allowed students to display their artwork in a gallery setting.
The first place winner this year is Cassie Caldwell from Rockford’s Jefferson High School, whose submission “Unity” will be displayed in the United States Capitol. The four runners up are Patriece Gabryshak, who will have her artwork displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Washington, D.C. office; Kayley Naylor, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rock Island office; Karmen Beeney, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Peoria office; and Eve Nottrott, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rockford office.
“I’d like to congratulate Cassie Caldwell and all of the young and talented artists from all across our region who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “There were so many good submissions this year and I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication. I’ve always had an appreciation for the visual arts, and it will be an honor to feature Cassie’s work in the U.S. Capitol. I also look forward to displaying the amazing artwork from our runners up in our offices across Illinois.”
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 artwork from each Congressional District is selected for display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington for the next year.
The winner of the competition receives two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the Capitol. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Illinois offices and in her Washington, D.C. office for the next year. High school students from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District were eligible to submit their original artwork for consideration.