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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

Congressman Fincher Announces Winner of the Congressional Art Competition

May 16, 2013
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Elizabeth Lauten
Thursday, May 16, 2013                                                                  Phone: (202) 225-4714

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) today announced Nithila Ramesh as the 8th District winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Nithila’s piece titled “Need a Little Shut Eye” will join winners from across the nation and be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. Andrea Arreaza of University School of Jackson took second place for her work entitled "YO" and Wade Gay of Huntingdon High School with his work "Potato" took third place. 

“I want to congratulate Nithila and all of the students who entered this year's Congressional Art Competition,” said Congressman Fincher. “Her artwork is a great example of the exceptional talent students in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District can produce.”

Nithila’s artwork will be displayed in the corridor tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning entries from other Congressional districts. In addition to the national recognition of her work, Nithila will receive free airfare for two to participate in the Congressional Art Competition’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington this summer. 

2013 Congressional Art Competition Winner:

  • Shelby County Winner: Nithila Ramesh - “Need a Little Shut Eye” 

2013 Congressional Art Competition County Finalists:

  • Carroll County Winner and 3rd Place District Winner: Wade Gay from Huntingdon High School – “Potato” 
  • Dyer County Winner: Brittany Grissom from Dyersburg High School – “Deer from My Window” 
  • Gibson County Winner: Hope Siler – Gibson County High School – “Summer’s Almost Gone”
  • Madison County Winner and 2nd Place District Winner: Andrea Arreaza from University School of Jackson - “YO”
  • Obion County Winner: Joseph Bates from Obion County Central High School – “Just Me” 

The Congressional Art Competition started in 1982 as a way to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.