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Bilirakis Announces Pasco County Student Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

May 9, 2017
Press Release


Bilirakis presents an award to Clare, joined by her mother, at a Congressional Art Competition ceremony in New Port Richey (above).  



Click here or on the image above for a high-resolution photo of the winning artwork.
Title: “Portrait of an Unknown Soldier”
Medium: Pencil
Artist: Clare Hernandez, Dade City, grade 12 (homeschooled)


New Port Richey, FL – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced that Clare Hernandez, a student from Dade City, Florida, has won the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for her pencil drawing titled “Portrait of an Unknown Soldier.” Clare’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol among the best student art from across the country, and she will receive complimentary roundtrip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to see the exhibit and attend a ceremony in her honor.

“Congratulations to Clare for this exciting achievement! Her painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol student art exhibit for dignitaries and millions of visitors from around the country and world to see. We had many outstanding entries this year, and I want to thank all the students and teachers who made the Congressional Art Competition such a success,” said Bilirakis.

The winning art was selected by a panel of judges with the Pasco Fine Arts Council out of over thirty entries from high school students across Florida’s 12th District. Please click here to learn more about the Congressional Art Competition.