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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Apr 30, 2018
Press Release

MANKATO, MN – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Rep. Tim Walz is honored to announce that Daniel Erickson, a high school student at Fillmore Central High School, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  In his winning art piece, My Best Work, Daniel used pencil and colored pencil on paper to create a centered grand piano surrounded by colored swirls at the top. Around the piano is a snare drum, a trumpet and a guitar. At the top reaches of the swirls are the portraits of musicians including Stevie Wonder, Billy Preston, Elton John, Ray Charles and Billy Joel.

“First, I’d like to thank all the First District high school students who submitted their art work this year,” said Rep. Walz. “I don’t know what’s more inspiring – your participation or your artwork! Second, thank you to all the teachers and artists who judged this year’s artwork. Yet again, your expertise was invaluable to this competition. Last but not least, it is my honor to announce that Daniel Erickson, an eleventh grader at Fillmore Central, is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition with his art piece, My Best Work. Congratulations, Daniel!”

This unique competition provides the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of southern Minnesota students and acknowledge our nation’s gifted young artists.  Each year, students from all 50 states share their view of the surrounding world, their aspirations, and curiosity through art. 

The following students were this year’s winners from the First Congressional District:

1st Place – Daniel Erickson, 11th grade, Fillmore Central High School, My Best Work, pencil and colored pencil, teacher Carrie Mathison

2nd Place – Laura Schmidt, 11th grade, Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Broken but Beautiful, pencil and acrylic, teacher Alexis Zaccariello

3rd Place – Taylor Tufte, 12th grade, Austin High School, What Lies Ahead, photograph, teacher Robin Brown

The first place winner and a guest are invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.  Until recently, Erickson’s My Best Work and all the other contestants’ works were on display in the downtown Rochester Skyway located just east of the DoubleTree Hotel, also known as the “Art in the Sky” display. Soon, Erickson’s winning piece will join an 11 month exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol throughout next year.

The second and third place winners’ artworks will be displayed in Walz’s Rochester and Mankato district offices.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.