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Craig High School Student Sarah Olver Wins First District Art Contest

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March 13, 2006 | Kate Matus ((202) 226-7326) | comments

Paul Ryan and Sarah Olver of Janesville, WI, the 2006 1st District Artistic Discovery Competition winner.WASHINGTON – First District Congressman Paul Ryan announced that the winner of this year's First District Art Competition is Sarah Olver, a senior at Craig High School in Janesville who submitted a portrait on clay board titled: “Bethany Grace.”  She used clay board for her drawing to convey a simple but elegant look and employed a stippling technique to depict a porcelain appearance for her subject’s face.  Olver’s winning artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning entries from other congressional districts throughout the country.  Her art teacher at Craig High School is Maria Brown.

Congressman Ryan invited every high school in the First Congressional District to submit entries to the annual art contest, and a panel of local artists judged the entries.  The competition was part of the 25th  annual Congressional Art Competition — An Artistic Discovery.  This nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by Members of Congress, provides high school artists with an opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity. 

"I want to thank all the students who participated in this annual competition and congratulate Sarah Olver on her winning portrait.  It was a real privilege to view these young artists’ work, which demonstrates their tremendous skill and creativity.  This year, Sarah Olver’s striking portrait on clay board earned top honors, and I look forward to seeing her artwork displayed at the Capitol,” Ryan said. 

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