WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the winner and runners-up of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. Congresswoman Bustos encouraged the public to vote for their favorite submission to support local student artists.
The first-place winner this year is Megan Bowers from Geneseo High School, whose submission “Welcome Home” will be displayed in the United States Capitol. The four runners-up are Joey Huizenga from Fulton County High School, whose artwork will be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Washington, D.C. office; Cameron Harper from Pekin Community High School, whose artwork will be displayed in Bustos’ Rock Island office; Hayley Olson from Spoon River Valley High School, whose artwork will be displayed in Bustos’ Peoria office; and Olivia Huck from Mercer County High School, whose artwork will be displayed in Bustos’ Rockford office.
“Every year, I’m blown away by the incredible talent on display during the Congressional Art Competition and look forward to sharing it,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’d like to congratulate this year’s winner, Megan Bowers, and all of the students who participated in this year’s contest on a job well done. I hope this competition fueled their passion for the arts and I’m honored to represent such a creative group in Congress. I look forward to proudly displaying their incredible artwork in each of my offices and seeing Megan’s work in the halls of the Capitol on my way to the House Floor for votes. ‘Welcome Home’ is an exceptional way to honor local veterans and represents the best of our community.”
Megan painted “Welcome Home” to honor veterans of the Vietnam War – like her grandfather – for their service after being inspired by the book Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge. To pay tribute to local veterans in “Welcome Home,” Megan listed the names of Vietnam veterans from the Geneseo community on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school art 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.
As the winner in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, Megan will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C to see her 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.
WINNING ARTWORK PHOTOS:
1st Place – Artwork to be displayed in the United States Capitol:
Runner-up – Artwork to be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ D.C. office:
Runner-up – Artwork to be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Peoria office:
Runner-up – Artwork to be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Rock Island office:
Runner-up – Artwork to be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Rockford office: