Thompson Announces Winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 28, 2015
Thompson Announces Winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  The first place winner will have the opportunity to have their entry displayed in the United States Capitol Building for one year.  The second and third place winners will have their artwork displayed in one of Thompson’s district offices, located in Bellefonte and Titusville.

This year’s first place winner, determined by an independent panel, is Leah Kleiner of Waterford, Pennsylvania.  Leah, whose work is titled, “Little Brother,” attends Fort LeBoeuf High School.  

“I was truly amazed by the quality of work at this year’s competition and the judges each noted how hard it was to choose a winner from the several great submissions,” said Thompson.  “I want to offer my congratulations to Leah Kleiner for her winning piece entitled, “Little Brother.”  I am looking forward to hosting Ms. Kleiner in Washington this summer and displaying her award winning work in the halls of the Capitol Building.”

Bethany Stoddard, who attends DuBois Central Catholic High School, is this year’s second place winner for her “Ballet Self-Portrait” drawing.

The third place honor has been awarded to Madelyn Ostermann of Summit Township for her acrylic painting, “Sierra Leone.”

Natalie Haupt of Oil City and Caitlin Cesa of Sandy Township both received honorable mentions.

This year’s judging ceremony took place on Saturday, April 25 at the Winkler Gallery of Art in DuBois, Pa.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to recognize and encourage artistic talent among U.S. high school students.

To see a complete set of photos from the ceremony, click here.