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Bacon Announces 2021 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Artwork to be Featured on Billboards

Omaha, Neb.– Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) today announced the winning artists from Nebraska’s 2ndCongressional District for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition.Bacon served as national co-chair for this year’s competition.

Judging was conducted by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association. The guest speakers for the event were Dr.Deborah BowersKippley, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of the Papillion La VistaArts Network, and Jeremy Caniglia, an art teacher at Omaha Creighton Prep High School whose work has been displayed at the JoslynArtMuseum and Iowa State University, as well as in the Washington Post and on CNN.

“Our competition featured a variety of styles and I am thrilled we are able to showcase the work of these students," said Rep. Bacon.“Congratulations to this year’s winners. I appreciate their participation and I thank them for sharing their artwork with the community.”

The top three pieces of artwork will be featured on Lamar billboards at various places in Omaha for the month of May. Locations include I-80 and 84thStreet and the southwest corner of 44thand Dodge; locations will be on a rotating basis.

The first-place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the runners-up will be displayed in Rep. Bacon’s Washington,D.C.and Omaha offices. In addition, the first-place winnerwill be invited to attend an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. honoring the winning artists from all over the country.

First Place: “Smudge” by Ellie Kripal of Omaha Marian High School.

It will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.


Second Place: “Under Water” by Ashly Chavez of Omaha South High School

It will be displayed in Bacon’s Washington, D.C. office.

Third Place: “Peeping” by Trisha Rajaram of Duchesne Academy

It will be displayed in Bacon’s Omaha office.

Honorable Mentions:
  • “Forever Remembered” byBrocEvitchfromCreighton Prep High School
  • “Watch the Hands’ byHelbluHtoofromOmaha Northwest High School
  • “My GiftToYou” by SulemaNungarayfromMercy High School
  • “Why?” by Frank Rosales fromOmaha Benson High School
  • “Drowning” by Kara Walters fromSkuttCatholic High School
  • “Stuck in Quarantine” by Sneha Sengupta fromOmaha North High School
  • “Bella Donna” by RiyaKannapareddyfromMillard North High School

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