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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Quitman student wins Congressional Art Competition

April 12, 2016
In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Monday that Quitman High School senior Abbie Lawson has won the annual Congressional Art Competition for Louisiana’s 5th District.

High school students from throughout the nation compete annually for the opportunity to have a piece of artwork hang in the Capitol Building in Washington. A winner from each congressional district is selected. The art will hang in the Capitol for a year, beginning this summer. Lawson will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol this summer to view her artwork on display.

“I was so impressed by the talent shown by our 5th District students. Louisiana is a special, unique place that deserves to be highlighted through art. I want to congratulate all the students for their outstanding submissions and give a special congratulations to Abbie for winning,” Dr. Abraham said.

This year, Dr. Abraham asked that students’ art reflect life and sights in his district. Lawson’s work, titled “Sunday Drive,” depicted a Louisiana man driving his old pickup truck.

Lawson said she was excited to learn that her piece would represent Louisiana in the Capitol. She described her art by writing, “In rural Louisiana, driving around down our little parish roads is a past time that many people have enjoyed throughout the years. It is still common to see our neighbors pass by and wave on a pleasant evening while taking a lazy drive through the woods and down these scenic roads and byways.”

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