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Lipinski Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has named Lockport Township High School Sophomore Emma Rarick as the Third District’s winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Lipinski made a surprise appearance at the school’s Spring Art Show to announce that Emma had won the competition. The Homer Glen resident’s acrylic painting, entitled “Show Your True Colors,” overlays a vibrant color wheel over the powerful image of a tiger.  The painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside the winning pieces from congressional districts from across the country, and Emma will receive two round-trip tickets for the exhibition opening this summer in Washington, D.C.

“It is always difficult to choose one piece of artwork as the best and this year was no different,” said Rep. Lipinski. “Emma’s beautiful painting demonstrated great artistic talent and was really eye-catching. Thank you to Emma and all the students and schools that participated in this year’s competition. Emma, her art teachers, and her family should be very proud.” 

“At the art show I also had the opportunity to meet and thank many of the dedicated art teachers at Lockport Township High School,” Lipinski continued. “I want to thank all of our art teachers for the dedication that they show to their students and the arts.”

Runners-up who will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Lipinski's offices for one year are: Laura Cahill, of LaGrange, Lyons Township HS; Rebecca Bailey, of Lemont, Lemont HS; Christian Adanza, of Orland Hills, Victor J. Andrew HS; Abigail Joritz, of Chicago, Chicago Christian HS; and Grace Clark, of Chicago, Marist HS.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts.