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Welch Announces Winner of 35th Annual Congressional Art Competition

May 10, 2016
Press Release
Peri Kate Navarro, of Colchester, takes first-place with “The Wanderer”

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Monday announced the winner of the 35th Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Peri Kate Navarro of Colchester and Colchester High School won first-place honors for her mixed-media painting, "The Wanderer." Navarro’s piece was selected from a field of 141 entries from students representing 31 high schools across Vermont. 

“Every year, I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont,” Rep. Welch said. “As always, picking a winner was incredibly tough. Congratulations to Peri Kate, who clearly has a very bright future in the arts. I’m looking forward to seeing her wonderful painting on my walks to and from the Capitol building.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country. High school students submit entries to their U.S. Representative’s office and panels of local artists in each congressional district select the winners. The winning pieces are then displayed for one year in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and the three House office buildings—a route traveled daily by Members of Congress, their staffs, and tourists from all over the country.