Bergman Announces Winners of 2017 Congressional Art Competition

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Washington, May 30, 2017 | comments

Washington – Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1) congratulates this year’s First District winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Liam D. Kaiser, a senior at Traverse City West Senior High School and a student of Melissa Clone, claimed first prize for his work “False Face.”

Each spring, high school students from across the United States are invited to participate in the Congressional Art Competition through their respective congressional offices. The winning selection will hang in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol for a period of one year and is on display for Members of Congress, dignitaries, and the thousands of people who tour the Capitol each year. The First District winner will also receive two complimentary tickets to travel to D.C. to be congratulated in-person by Rep. Bergman and to attend a reception with other student artists from across the U.S.

“I’m proud of each and every one of the young artists who participated in this competition,” Bergman said. “The amount of talent that students across the First District have is astounding, but what’s more impressive is the attention and discipline they devote to the work. I’m looking forward to hosting Liam at the Capitol and to watching all of these young artists succeed.”

Entries to Michigan’s First District were evaluated by visual artist, photographer, and painter Neil W. Ahrens, Oscoda County Library Director and art aficionado Amy Knepp, and nationally recognized artist and master photographer Karen Walker, who volunteered their time to evaluate submissions and select the winning pieces.



The judges also selected three pieces to receive “Honorable Mention.” Those works will hang in Rep. Bergman’s D.C. and District offices during the next year:

  • Honorable Mention (D.C.): Alex King, Traverse City Central High School, “Through the Looking Glass of Michigan”
  • Honorable Mention (Marquette): Olivia Lorenzoni, Kingsford High School, “Fade Away”
  • Honorable Mention (Traverse City): Kaylie Danielson, Brethren High School, “The Peaks”


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