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Loebsack Announces Winner of 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:17

“The Yellow House” will be displayed in U.S. Capitol


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today congratulated Chelsea Page from Montrose, who is in 10th grade at Central Lee High School in Donnellson, for being named the Second District’s winner in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.  Page’s watercolor, entitled “The Yellow House,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  She will also receive two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This year’s competition was hosted at the University of Iowa’s Art West Building and the winning piece was selected by judges Rachel Williams, UI Associate Professor of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies/Media, Social Practice, and Design and Peter Feldstein, photographer and originator of "The Oxford Project."


“I was very impressed by the quality of this year’s entries.  The creativity demonstrated by all of the talented young artists in Iowa proves that the arts are thriving,” said Loebsack. “I especially want to congratulate this year’s winner Chelsea Page and I look forward to seeing her watercolor displayed in the Capitol.”


In the spring of every year, the United States House of Representatives hosts a competition to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.


A photo of this year’s winning piece can be seen here.




1) The Yellow House (watercolor), Chelsea Page, Montrose, Central Lee High School in Donnelson

2) Death of an Alcoholic Bull (chalk), Sara Miner, Donnelson, Central Lee High School in Donnelson

3) Untitled (B&W photography), Lucy Van Gorder, Tiffin, City High School in Iowa City


Honorable Mentions:


1) Playing in the Sand, Kelli Schneider, Iowa City, City High School in Iowa City

2) Landscape, Emilee Beattie, Ottumwa, Cardinal High School in Eldon

3) Nature's Observation, Molly Westermeyer, Keokuk, Central Lee High School in Donnelson



Braley Announces 2012 Congressional Art Competition Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:14

North Fayette High School student’s painting will hang in US Capitol for a year


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that Kelsey Feldman, a resident of West Union and a 11th grader at North Fayette High School, is the Iowa First Congressional District winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”


The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the US House of Representatives.  One winning piece of artwork from each House district is selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol Building in Washington for the following year.  In addition to having her artwork displayed in the Capitol, Feldman will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC.


“Kelsey showed impressive talent and creativity,” Braley said. “Her submission really stood out among her Iowa peers, and I congratulate her for winning this year’s competition.  For the next year, as visitors, employees and officials pass through the Capitol, they will be able to enjoy Kelsey’s outstanding painting.  I’m looking forward to her visiting us in Washington, DC.”


Any high school student from the First Congressional District of Iowa was eligible to submit their artwork for consideration.  To enter, students submitted a digital image of their artwork via Braley’s website.  The submissions were compiled into an internet gallery for public voting.  This year, 64 works of art from across eastern Iowa were submitted as part of the competition.


Full results of the 2012 First District Art Competition follow; to view all the pieces of art submitted in this year’s competition, visit:


2012 Congressional Art Competition Winners:


1st Place

Kelsey Feldman

North Fayette High School



2nd Place

Amanda Whitfield

Davenport West High School

Beautiful Bridge


3rd Place

Lindsey Kite

Jesup High School

Flower Picture


1st Honorable Mention

Paul Knipper

Western Dubuque High School

Cocos en las Palmeras


2nd Honorable Mention

Hannah Pagel

Sumner-Fredericksburg High School

Our Heritage


3rd Honorable Mention

Allie Renner

Jesup High School

Follow the Spiders


List of Past Iowa First District Art Competition Winners:


2007    Jonathan Welser, Davenport

2008    Stephanie Tarnish, Davenport

2009    Mitch Doll, Davenport

2010    Emily Schroeder, Cedar Falls

2011    Krista Stork, Dubuque

2012    Kelsey Feldman, West Union


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Schilling to Host Congressional Art Competition Reception PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:10

Moline, IL – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) will be hosting a reception in honor of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition on Saturday, May 5 at the Augustana College Art Museum in Rock Island.  This is the annual Congressional Art Show’s 30th year, and Schilling has invited high schools from across the district to participate.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our area’s talented young people,” Schilling said. “I look forward to seeing their skill and creativity on display at this weekend’s reception.”

Each high school in the 17th District has been offered the opportunity to submit up to five pieces of artwork for display at Saturday’s art show.  A total of three votes will determine the winners.  Two local art experts will be the core judges, with the third vote cast by a compilation of votes cast by the reception’s attendees.  The first place finisher will have his or her piece displayed for the next year in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC along with winning pieces from other congressional districts around the country.  Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the first place finisher and one guest will receive a free flight to Washington, DC to attend the 2012 Congressional Art Competition Reception on Capitol Hill and see their work on display.  The remaining four artists may select to have their pieces featured in Schilling’s district offices for the remainder of the year.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our country’s youth. Since it was launched, more than 650,000 students have participated nationwide.

The Augustana College Art Museum is located at the front of Centennial Hall, at the northwest corner of the intersection of 7th Avenue and 38th Street in Rock Island.  Interested students or parents can contact Claudia Ridenour with questions at (309) 757-7630.

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Butterfly Release at the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:50

Bettendorf — On Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m., Museum staff members will release Painted Lady butterflies raised this spring at the Family Museum. For approximately four weeks, guests have watched the caterpillars slowly transform into butterflies. If it is raining on Saturday, the release will be postponed to Tuesday, May 1 at noon. If weather is questionable, call (563)344-4106 day-of to confirm.

The Painted Lady butterfly is one of the most common butterflies in the world. Because of its wide range, it is sometimes called the Cosmopolitan. The larva (caterpillar) grows to about a half inch long, forms a chrysalis, and then emerges from the chrysalis seven to 10 days later as a butterfly.

The Butterfly Release is an annual spring event at the Family Museum. The release of these butterflies will take place in the Museum’s Outdoor Kingdom for Kids. For more information, contact Becky Ortner at (563) 344-4171. This event is included with paid admission or Museum membership.


Upcoming event at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:44

1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761




The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center in welcoming Muscatine native John Duggleby, writer and musician, as he presents a program based on his book, Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood. This event will take place Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room and is free and open to the public. There will be copies of John Duggleby’s book to purchase at this event.

John has written several books for young people, including biographies on musicians John Lennon, Ray Charles, and artist Jacob Lawrence. Artist in Overalls, one of Duggleby’s eight children’s books, has received several distinctions including the National  Association of Christian Schools’ Children’s Crown Award and the Parents Council Seal of Approval. His book, Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence, was honored by the National Council for Social Studies as the Elementary Book of the Year.

Artist in Overalls reveals Grant Wood’s story to audiences of all ages in a fun and interactive way. Dressed like the famous farmer in Wood’s American Gothic painting, Duggleby shows how Wood’s Iowa childhood observations and resolve to follow his instincts resulted in fame that has endured through this American cultural icon.

What: “Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood”
Who: John Duggleby
When: Sunday, May 6
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room
Admission to these programs is FREE.

Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any
questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at
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The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Admission is FREE.

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