Walorski Announces Winner Of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Walorski Announces Winner Of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Penn High School Student’s Artwork Will Be Displayed in U.S. Capitol for a Year

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today announced Kelsey Forbes, a student at Penn High School in Mishawaka, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for Indiana’s 2nd District. Kelsey’s winning artwork, “From a Blank Canvas,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside other winners from across the country.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a showcase of our region’s artistic excellence. Congratulations to our 2022 winner, Kelsey Forbes, on this amazing accomplishment. I can’t wait to see Kelsey’s winning artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “As visitors return to the Capitol, I am proud that Northern Indiana will be so well represented. Thank you to Kelsey, our runner-up Klara Guseilla, and all of the talented young Hoosiers who submitted artwork to this year’s competition and shared their creativity with us, as well as the teachers, families, and volunteers who made this year’s competition a success.”

Rep. Walorski with 2022 Congressional Art Competition Winner Kelsey Forbes and Penn High School Art Teacher Betsy Durham

Congresswoman Walorski congratulated the winner on Saturday at a reception held at South Bend International Airport for students who submitted entries and their teachers. Second place was awarded to Klara Guseilla, a student at John Glenn High School in Walkerton. Her artwork, “The Cat’s Throne,” will be displayed in Congresswoman Walorski’s Mishawaka District Office for the next year.

Sixty-nine high school students from across Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District submitted entries, and Michael Beatty, a local artist, served as the judge. The St. Joseph County Airport Authority served as the facility host of the competition and reception.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.


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