According to a press release from U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, today he announced that Ellie Maxwell from FJ Turner High School in Beloit was awarded first place in this year’s district-wide Congressional Art Competition. The annual contest seeks to spotlight local talent and promote arts education, fostering the next generation of Wisconsin artists. Representative Pocan has run the competition each year since coming to Congress. Ellie’s painting titled “Breaking Point,” which earned the first place title, will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Second place went to Elizabeth Vankirk from Madison County Day School for a piece titled “White Crane Magic,” which will be displayed in the Congressman’s Washington, DC office. The third place winner, Jenna Torstenson from Darlington High School, received Congressional Recognition and will have a painting titled “Desert” displayed in the Congressman’s District Office in Madison.
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