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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

Rep. Yoder Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that Thao Nguyen, a senior at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, Kansas, has won the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District. Her entry, titled “Mother,” uses the medium of watercolor to make a beautiful portrayal of her mother.

“Each year I’m impressed by the outstanding submissions from talented young artists across the District, and this year was no different,” Representative Yoder said. “I would like to congratulate Thao for winning this year’s competition. I look forward to seeing her artwork displayed inside the U.S. Capitol each time I walk by to go vote on the House floor. Thao’s wonderful artwork is just another example of the quality of art education and programs in the Third District.” 

Additionally, the Third District Art Advisory Board awarded two Honorable Mentions to “Modernity” by Cormac Palmer, Blue Valley North High School using the medium of ink; and “America” by Alice Her, Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences using the medium of watercolor and collage.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of the high school students in their districts. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Thao’s art “Mother” will hang in the U.S. Capitol with the winning art selected from all Congressional Districts across the country from June 2017 through June 2018.