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A portrait by Felicia Butler will be displayed in U.S. Capitol for one year

Posted Date: 05/12/2016

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Local student wins national art contest

Portrait to be displayed in U.S. Capitol for one year

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AMARILLO, TEXAS – A Kelton ISD student has been selected to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas in the nationwide 2016 Congressional Art Competition. A drawing submitted by Felicia Butler, daughter of Jovita Butler of Shamrock, will be displayed in the hallways of the United States Capitol for an entire year.

The drawing of a bison, entitled “Movement on the Plains,” was selected as the winning entry from the 13th District of Texas. "One of my inspirations stems from a field trip I took to the Wichita Mountains,” Felicia said of her winning artwork. “I was drawn to the flourishing nature and the wildlife that roamed so freely around me. The buffalo is an inspiration because it is a true American icon.”

Winners of the competition are invited to Washington, D.C., for a special reception to honor the winners. Felicia plans to attend the event this year and visit with U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) while she is there.

“We had many impressive pieces of art submitted by students from across our part of Texas for this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Thornberry said. “Felicia’s piece of the bison is representative of the Texas panhandle and demonstrates a great deal of artistic talent. I am proud to have it represent our district in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Felicia’s art teacher, Sarah Harless, said, “Felicia is a very talented young lady who is disciplined and dedicated to everything she does.” She continued, “I feel very blessed to be her art teacher.” Felicia is a senior at Kelton ISD.

The Congressional Art Competition is a national competition that selects one piece of artwork from each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and territories for a year-long exhibit in Washington, D.C. The annual contest for high school students has taken place since 1982.


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