Anna Kiesser, a freshman at Central Catholic High School and resident of Patterson, won the 2011 18th Congressional District Art Competition.
Kiesser entered her black-and-white pencil drawing entitled "Home in the Valley" in Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) annual contest for Valley student artists. Her drawing depicts one of Patterson's historical landmarks, the museum in the center of town, with the Diablo Mountain Range in the background. "Home in the Valley" will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., for one year, along with other winning entries from across the country.
"Congratulations to Anna, her teacher, and her family for winning the grand prize in our 18th Congressional District Art Competition," said Congressman Cardoza. "Anna's drawing, ‘Home in the Valley,' depicts one of the many beautiful landscapes that make the Central Valley such a wonderful place to live, and I look forward to seeing a little piece of home displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
"Our Valley young people have incredible talents and imagination. I thank everyone who entered our competition for sharing their creativity with us, and wish them best of luck in their future artistic endeavors."
Kiesser and a guest will be invited to a Capitol Hill awards ceremony this summer to honor young artists from around the nation and officially unveil their artwork in the Capitol. The reception traditionally features a celebrity from the entertainment industry.
Congressman Cardoza's 18th Congressional District Art Competition is part of a nationwide contest that provides young student artists with an opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity. Since the Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, more than 650,000 students nationwide have participated in the annual competition. The works of thousands of young American artists have been showcased in the Capitol. Each Member of Congress can choose one grand prize winner from his or her district per year.