Rep. Lipinski Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) joins Third District 2016 Congressional Art Competition winner Cain Nocera and his parents for a special ceremony at Lyons Township High School.


Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) visited Lyons Township High School today to announce that freshman Cain Nocera is the Third District’s winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  He presented Nocera with a certificate during a surprise ceremony attended by his parents, teachers, and administrators.   The La Grange resident’s photograph, appropriately titled “Veteran,” shows a homeless vet in downtown Chicago.  The digital image will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside the winning pieces from congressional districts from across the country.  Nocera will also receive two roundtrip tickets for the exhibition opening this summer in Washington, D.C.

“Mr. Nocera’s talent for photography is on full display with this powerful image of a homeless veteran,” Rep. Lipinski said.  “Thank you to Cain for showcasing the power of art.  To the person in this photo and all veterans, I say thank you for your service.  For your sacrifices, you deserved better when you came home.  We are making progress in treating both the physical and mental scars of war, but we still have a long way to go.  I have and will continue to support legislation that provides funding and research towards managing both the physical and mental toll of military service, and to take care of all veterans in the district and across the country.”

“Cain excels in capturing the narrative and personality of his subjects in a way that takes photographers decades to perfect,” stated Lyons Township High School art teacher Carlene Kinzie.  “He plans on taking more photography classes at LT and is considering pursuing a career within the photography field.”

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.

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