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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Texarkana student Rylie Power’s winning artwork displayed in U.S. Capitol

June 24, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) welcomed the grand prize winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, Rylie Power, to Washington today during her visit to the capital for the unveiling and award ceremony. Her winning artwork, “Elephant,” was hung in the Capitol building where it will remain on display amidst national lawmakers for one year.

Power and her father join Ratcliffe for the unveiling of her winning artwork in the Capitol

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which gives students the opportunity to share their talent with visitors to the Capitol. Power, of Texas High School in Texarkana, was selected as the grand prize winner for Texas’ Fourth District in April by a panel of judges who assessed submissions from high school students in all 18 counties represented by Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe gives Power and her father an exclusive view of Washington at the Capitol

Power used a technique called “pointillism,” in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image, to create her piece with a Sharpie marker. 

“There was an incredible array of talent on display from students all across the country who participated in this year’s art competition – but Rylie’s piece certainly stands out,” Ratcliffe said.

“It was a pleasure to meet Rylie and her father and to show them around the Capitol when they visited Washington. She’s a bright young woman with a big future ahead of her, and I encourage her to continue her pursuit of art.”