WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lizzie Dunn, a sophomore at Houlton Junior/Senior High School, is the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 2nd District. Dunn’s artwork, “Jill,” will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Local students who placed include:

• Dolphine Penzo, a junior at Hebron Academy, is the second runner up for “The Story of the Banjo Man”;

• Lauren Rousseau of Auburn, senior at Hebron Academy, received honorable mention for “The Last Straw”; and

• Eli Clein of Bangor, a senior at Hebron Academy, received honorable mention for “Repetition.”

The winners will be acknowledged during a reception at the Blaine House on May 4 to recognize their outstanding artwork.

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 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.

2nd Runner Up

Dolphine Penzo, junior at Hebron Academy. “The Story of the Banjo Man”

Honorable Mention

Lauren Rousseau of Auburn, senior at Hebron Academy. “The Last Straw”

Honorable Mention

Eli Clein of Bangor, senior at Hebron Academy. “Repetition”

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