Congressman Bruce Poliquin of Maine announced Tuesday that Lizzie Dunn, a sophomore at Houlton Jr./Sr. High School, is the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 2nd District.

Lizzie’s artwork, “Jill,” will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Dunn will also be invited to travel to Washington, courtesy of competition sponsors, to participate in an opening ceremony and her artwork will be displayed in the hallway to the Capitol for a year. Additionally, all of the winners are invited to a reception at the Blaine House on May 4 to recognize their outstanding artwork.

“Every year, I am awestruck by the incredible talent and hard work of our high school students in Maine through this competition,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m extraordinarily proud of all our participants this year and I congratulate Lizzie for working so hard to achieve this. I’m so delighted to display Lizzie’s artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where thousands of Americans from across the country can enjoy this piece of Maine’s culture and talent.”

In Maine, the winners are chosen by jurors, who are selected by the Maine Arts Commission, and are offered a scholarship to Maine College of Art.

The Congressional Art Competition started in 1982 to provide an opportunity for our young people to demonstrate their artistic abilities and exceptional talent. Each Spring, students submit artwork and the winner’s pieces are hung in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

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