Peterson Names Underwood Student Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Collin C. Peterson today announced Underwood High School junior Erin Andersen as the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Peterson selected Andersen’s piece from nearly 100 submissions from the Seventh District.

Andersen’s artwork, an acrylic painting titled “Girl” will be featured for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol. Her artwork will be part of a display featuring high school artists from all 435 Congressional Districts.

“I was happy to select “Girl” as this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition and congratulate Erin on this honor,” Peterson said. “There is a lot of talent in the Seventh District and I look forward to seeing Erin’s piece displayed in Washington.”

Artwork by competition semi-finalists, Central Minnesota Christian School senior Katrina Broten (“Beauty in Rust”) and Fergus Falls High School senior Dee Gease (“Untitled”), will be displayed in Peterson’s District offices.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. The competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents.

Andersen will travel to Washington, D.C. in June for a reception honoring Congressional Art Competition winners from across the country.

“Girl” by Erin Andersen