Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner and Runners-Up

May 18, 2017
Press Release

Danville, Illinois– Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced Lauren Sprague from First Baptist Christian School in Danville as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition from the Illinois 15th Congressional District. 

Lauren Sprague with her winning piece, “Reflection”. 

“The judges had a difficult time choosing between all the remarkable work submitted by talented, young artists from across my district,” Shimkus said. “Lauren’s photograph rose to the top and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement.”

Lauren’s piece will hang in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the United States Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building for the next year. The exhibit includes the winning artwork from congressional districts across the country and is viewed by hundreds of congressional staff and Capitol visitors every day.

Shimkus also announced four runners-up in the competition: Tanner Voss from Carlyle High School, Zebulon Zeigler from Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School, Megan Hodge from St. Anthony High School, and Avery Layne Kasinger from Lawrenceville High School. Their pieces will be displayed in Congressman Shimkus’ district offices in Maryville, Harrisburg, Effingham, and Danville.