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April 03, 2012


Scottsdale, Ariz. – Tuesday, Rep. David Schweikert announced the winners of the 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition An Artistic Discovery for Arizona’s 5th District:   

“Congratulations to each of this year’s winners and a big thanks to all who participated. The competition was stiff and the results were stunning. We have tremendous talent in Arizona’s 5th District, and I look forward to placing the winning pieces in my offices,” Rep. Schweikert said.

Award Recipients

First Place
Karen Baker, Desert Mountain High School
Title: La Lune

Second Place
Brittany Branch, Desert Mountain High School
Title: Pure Elegance

Third Place
Elizabeth Attridge, New School for the Arts and Academics
Title: Portrait of a Young Woman

Honorable Mention
Brenley Markowitz, Desert Mountain High School
Title: Blossoming

Honorable Mention
Michal Jane Sears, New School for the Arts and Academics
Title: J’ai dessine celui-ci a deux heures du matin dans ma cuisine

In 1982, Congress established an art competition to showcase the talents of our nation’s young artists.  Each spring, thousands of high school students from around the country participate for the opportunity to have their art work displayed prominently in the tunnels and walkways of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Karen Baker’s winning piece of artwork will represent Arizona’s 5th District in the 30th Annual Congressional Art Show and will be on display for a year in the United States Capitol campus along with other Congressional state winners. The second and third place pieces by Brittany Branch and Elizabeth Attridge respectively, will be displayed in Rep. Schweikert’s Washington and Scottsdale office. The students’ art is currently on display at the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery until Saturday, April 7.

NOTE: Pictures of this event are here.


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