Central Catholic High student wins congressional art competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) congratulated Anna Kiesser of Patterson for winning the 2011 18th Congressional District Art Competition.

Anna, a freshman at Central Catholic High School, entered her black-and-white pencil drawing entitled “Home in the Valley” in Cardoza’s annual contest for Valley student artists. Anna’s 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, Cardoza's office said in a news release.

“Congratulations to Anna, her teacher, and her family for winning the grand prize in our 18th Congressional District Art Competition,” said 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.

Anna 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.

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.

Anna’s pencil drawing, entitled “Home in the Valley”: http://cardoza.house.gov//images/user_images/2011_Art1.JPG

Anna Kiesser and her art teacher, Lisa Vance: http://cardoza.house.gov//images/user_images/2011_Art3.JPG

Anna Kiesser, Lisa Vance, and Central Catholic High President Jim Pecchenino: http://cardoza.house.gov//images/user_images/2011_Art2.JPG