May 4, 2018
Fort Wayne, IN – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) today announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. All of the 139 entries submitted from Indiana’s Third Congressional District will be displayed publicly until May 6 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The winning piece will boast a first-place ribbon and be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building. Congressman Banks attended the beginning of Friday’sevent to present the first-place winner with a certificate.
This year’s winners include:
1st Place: Karly Wolfcale
School: Homestead High School
Title: “Delicate and Destructive”
2nd Place: Caroline Bussick
School: Concordia Lutheran High School
Title: “Contemporary Visions”
3rd Place: Amanda Grush
School: Leo Jr/Sr High School
Title: “Nimbus Bird”
People’s Choice: Sara Muhlenkamp
High School: Jay County High School
Title: “One Nation Under God”
Honorable Mentions: Bristol Bailor, Prairie Heights High School, “Fishing Lures”; Rylan Capper, Leo Jr/Sr High School, “The Saint Joe River Dam”; Jaden Cearbaugh, Columbia City High School, “The Labyrinth of Choice”; Melanie Harrold, Columbia City High School, “The Tiger”; Mitch Mendenhall, Woodlan Jr/Sr High School, “Soybean”; Sarra Mosher, Northrop High School, “Missing Pieces”; Nahla Namaste,Dekalb High School, “Honey Moon”; Penelope Swift, Dekalb High School, “Clipped”; Sean Walulik, Canterbury High School, “Diligence”; Sean Walulik, Canterbury High School, “Decrescendo”
Each spring, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nation-wide high school art competition. The competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. The first-place winner for Indiana’s Third Congressional District receives a round trip flight to Washington, D.C. to see his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol, where it remains on display for one year. The artwork, “One Nation Under God” by Sara Muhlenkamp, which received the most Facebook likes, comments and shares won the People’s Choice Competition. This piece will be displayed in the front lobby of Congressman Banks’ Fort Wayne Office for one year.
For more information about the competition, please visit Congressman Banks’ website here.