Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Announces 2013 Congressional Art Competition Winner & Runners-Up

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the 17th Congressional District winner and runners-up for the annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”

The first place winner 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.

To view all the artwork submitted to Bustos’ office click HERE

“I’d like to congratulate all the young and talented artists from our region who submitted their original artwork for this year’s art competition,” Congresswoman Bustos said.  “There were so many good submissions, choosing a winner and runners-up was a difficult decision.  As someone who has always had an appreciation for the visual arts, I’m honored to help feature the work of a young Illinois artist in the U.S. Capitol and look forward to displaying the runners-up artwork in my offices.”

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 House district will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington 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 airline tickets to Washington, D.C.

Any high school student from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District was eligible to submit their original artwork for consideration.  To enter, students submitted a digital image of their artwork through Bustos’ website.  The submissions were compiled into an internet gallery for voting on by the public.