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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler Announces Art Competition Winners

April 21, 2018
Press Release

COLUMBIA, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) today announced the winners of her 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Winners were chosen from works of art submitted by high school students throughout Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.


This year’s first prize winner, incorporating the 2018 theme “There’s No Place Like Home,” is Ella Ann Bowles of Hickman High School in Columbia. Her acrylic painting, titled “American Hometown,” depicts an American neighborhood with an old-fashioned red truck coming down the street after stopping at a lemonade stand.


Rebecca Baker of Weaubleau High School captured second place honors with “For King and Country,” her mixed media colored pencil work that features military boots with the American flag.




The third place winner is Bailey Brimer of Boonville High School who submitted “Home of the Brave,” an acrylic painting that uses faded colors to create a work that is based on a photograph she took of a friend on the Katy Trail Bridge in Boonville.



This year’s People’s Choice Award – the work selected by visitors to Congresswoman Hartzler’s web site – is “A Prayer to Return.” This colored pencil/mixed media entry was submitted by Brittney Lea Kennedy of Wheatland High School in Wheatland.



“We accepted 28 works of art this year from talented young artists throughout our district,” said Hartzler. “Judging winners from this year’s entries was no easy task for our judges. I have no doubt that Ella Ann Bowles’ painting will stand out as it hangs for the next year in the main underground corridor between the House office buildings and the United States Capitol.”


“American Hometown” will join first-place winners from each of the 435 congressional districts across the United States. Each congressional district is allowed to display one winning piece. The Fourth District’s second and third-place works, as well as the People’s Choice winner, will be displayed in Congresswoman Hartzler’s offices in Washington, D.C., Columbia and Harrisonville over the next year, where they can be enjoyed by visitors.


“In addition to the recognition that goes with being our first-place winner, Ella Ann will have the opportunity to see her painting unveiled,” Hartzler added. “She’ll be flown to Washington to join first place winners from across America at the unveiling ceremony. I look forward to welcoming Ella Ann to Washington for this momentous occasion. The Congressional Art Competition brings out the best of our district’s artistic talent each year. I congratulate all who entered and wish them much success in their future art endeavors.”


The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. It began in 1982 and has since had 650,000 high school students participate. This Congressional Art Competition is one of the many district events Congresswoman Hartzler looks forward to every year.


Hartzler, a former school teacher in Lebanon and Belton, has hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition in Missouri’s Fourth District since 2011.



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