Mar 25, 2012Press Release

WAUSAU, WI – During a reception Saturday afternoon at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) announced the student winners of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

“It’s quite obvious how hard each student works given the quality of the artwork in this year’s competition,” Rep. Duffy said. “All of this year’s entries are a testament to the students’ upbringing and the great education and skills these kids are learning in the schools throughout Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.”

This year, 96 students from 13 high schools in the District participated in the art competition. After submitting their art work, a panel of district artists and art organization leaders selected the top three pieces. In additional, pictures of the art were posted on Congressman Duffy’s Facebook page, and a fourth winner was determined by on-line vote. The winning piece received 297 “likes.”

This year, Atticus Plonsky from Stevens Point Area Senior High School won the overall competition for his work, “Untitled.” His painting will be taken to Washington, D.C., where it will hang in the Capitol for the next year alongside the winners from the other Congressional Districts throughout the country.

The winners are below:

Overall Winner (to be displayed in the Capitol):



Overall Winner (to be displayed in the Capitol):

Congressman Duffy with the overall winner

Artist: Atticus Plonsky
Grade: 10
High School: Stevens Point Area Senior
Title: "Untitled"
Medium: Charcoal

Wausau Office Winner:

Congressman Duffy with the Wausau piece

Artist: Austin Jasurda
Grade: 10
High School: Marshfield
Title: "American's King and Queens"
Medium: Pastel on Black

Superior Office Winner:

Congressman Duffy with the Superior piece

Artist: Jordan Galeles
Grade: 12
High School: Marshfield
Title: "Young Boy"
Medium: Pastel

People's Choice (to be displayed in the Washington D.C. office):

Congressman Duffy with the People's Choice

Artist: Gabriella Ashlin
Grade: 11
High School: Rice Lake
Title: "Carnival Lights"
Medium: Acrylic