Dutch Ruppersberger

10/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2021 09:21

Ruppersberger: Owings Mills Student Wins Congressional Art Contest

(Timonium, MD) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today announced Owings Mills teen Katelynn Clarke as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland's Second District. Clarke, a junior at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, submitted a graphite portrait entitled "Creative Space." The piece, which depicts a girl drawing, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year, providing inspiration to what is typically more than 12,000 Capitol visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the House floor for votes each day.

"All of the submissions we received this year were impressive, but I was particularly struck by Katelynn's graphite drawing," Congressman Ruppersberger said. "Her piece is a great example of the incredible talent we have in Maryland's Second District. I want to thank Katelynn and all of the talented students who participated in the contest this year and wish them much luck in the pursuit of their passion for the arts."

Sponsored each spring by the Congressional Institute, the Congressional Art Contest is a national high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the contest.

Clarke's piece was selected by a panel of local artists and art teachers appointed by Congressman Ruppersberger.