Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Nashville Senior Wins Congressional Art Competition

May 15, 2018
Press Release
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced today that Holli Fullerton, a student of Danielle Shultz at Nashville Community High School, was selected as this year’s Congressional Art Competition winner from the Illinois 15th Congressional District.
This year's winner, Holli Fullerton of Ashley, Ill., and Congressman Shimkus
“Each year’s entries highlight some of the most talented young artists across central and southern Illinois,” said Shimkus. “This year, Holli impressed the judges with her skill as a photographer, capturing the natural beauty of Giant City Park in the Shawnee National Forest. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and all the students who participated in this annual competition.”
Holli's winning photograph, 'Rooted', will be displayed for the next year in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building. The exhibit includes the top student artwork from congressional districts across the country and is seen by hundreds of staff and visitors each day.
Five honorable mentions from this year’s competition will be displayed in the congressman's Maryville, Harrisburg, Danville and Effingham District Offices.
This year’s honorable mentions are:  
Zebulon Zeigler, Red Hill High School, 'Red Eyes', watercolor and pen 

Nicole Gray, Lawrenceville High School, 'Central Park', photograph

Lydia Higgins, Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School, 'Portrait', pastels

Emma Edwards, Oakland High School, 'Walking in the Woods', oil

Alexa O'Dell, Metro East Lutheran High School, 'Jooheon', acrylic
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.