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Bilirakis Welcomes FL-12 Congressional Art Competition Winner to U.S. Capitol

July 13, 2017
Press Release

Clare and Rep. Bilirakis visit the winning artwork "Portrait of an Unknown Solider" (center, top) on display in the U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) welcomed to the nation’s capital Clare Hernandez, 18, of Dade City, Florida, the 2017 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Florida’s 12th District. Clare visited the U.S. Capitol building to see her winning artwork on display in the national student art exhibit. Her drawing, titled “Portrait of an Unknown Soldier,” was selected by a panel of judges from the Pasco Arts Council.

“Congratulations to Clare for this outstanding accomplishment! Her artwork will rightfully be displayed in the U.S. Capitol among the best student art in the nation, where dignitaries and millions of visitors from the country and world will see it. I extend to Clare my best wishes for the future as she begins her freshman year of college in the fall,” said Bilirakis.

The drawing will be displayed in the Capitol for one year. After visiting the exhibit, Clare and her mother went on a tour of the Capitol provided by Bilirakis' office.

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual nationwide event recognizing high school artists in each congressional district. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Please click here to learn more about the Congressional Art Competition.

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)