For The Sun-Telegraph
Congressman Adrian Smith today announced the winning artists of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery. Smith worked with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to coordinate the competition.
The first place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Smith will display the runners-up in his Washington, D.C. and Third District offices.
"Congratulations to the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition and to all of the students who submitted their work," said Smith. "The quality of the art submitted this year is further evidence of the talent of Third District students and their teachers."
First place went to Thomas Hoxmeier from Orleans, Southern Valley High School. His piece was titled "Then There Were Three" and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Ethan Nelson from Dalton, an already accomplished artist who is home schooled, received second place for "Aviator."
Nelson's work will be displayed in Smith's Washington, D.C. office.
Third place was awarded to Lenae Kohmetscher from Blue Hill, Blue Hill Community School. The piece, entitled "The Reason Behind it All" will decorate Smith's Scottsbluff office.
Shelby Engles from Kearney, Kearney High School, earned the forth spot for My Best Friend," destined for Smith's Grand Island office.