Local Teen’s Art Portrait Hangs in U.S. Capitol (Photos)

Alexa Thompson poses with her mother and her winning portrait in the U.S. Capitol.

Alexa Thompson poses with her mother and her winning portrait in the U.S. Capitol.

One local high school student is receiving special recognition after winning a competition for her portrait created using a digital palette knife.

Alexa Thompson, a Gaithersburg resident and student at Quince Orchard High School, was honored at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in a ceremony with Congressman John Delaney where she was recognized as the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s Sixth District.

Thompson’s entry titled “As I Am” is a portrait of a girl contrasting warm color tones with cooler tones. Her piece is currently hanging in the U.S. Capitol in the tunnel leading to the Cannon House Building.

Alexa Thompson, a Congressional Art Competition winner, poses with Congressman John Delaney.

Alexa Thompson, a Congressional Art Competition winner, poses with Congressman John Delaney.

“I’m excited to announce Alexa Thompson as the 2014 Congressional Art Competition winner for our district,” said Congressman Delaney. “We had so many wonderful entries this year, but Alexa’s entry ‘As I Am’ stood out. Her work is a modern take on one of the oldest genres, the self-portrait, with arresting colors that capture the eye from across the room,” he said.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to encourage and recognize artistic talent. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

Earlier this year, student entries from the Sixth District were displayed at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick.

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to conduct the Congressional Art Competition, which is an annual reminder of the incredible talent of students like Alexa and others across our region,” Delaney said.

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Valerie Bonk

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Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).

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