Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger announces finalists for Art Competition

May 1, 2017
Press Release






WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce six local students have been named finalists in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

  • Hanxi Chang, a junior at Charlotte Christian, for his photograph titled “Touchdown!”
  • Brooke Drury, a junior at Providence High School, for her acrylic painting titled “Ella.”  Ms. Drury was 2nd place finalist in the 2016 competition.
  • Emily Decker, a senior at Weddington High School, for her graphite drawing titled “Realization.”
  • Caroline White, a junior at Charlotte Christian, for her watercolor titled “Into the Woods.”
  • Maya Cauthen, a sophomore at Charlotte Christian, for her scratch art titled “Family Ties.”
  • Lauren Forget, a sophomore at Charlotte Christian, for her scratch art titled “Did You Say Treat?”

Artwork by Chang, Drury, and Decker were selected as finalists with input from the community via a competition on Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page.  Artwork by White, Cauthen, and Forget were selected as finalists by:

  • Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, Assistant Professor of Art Education at UNC Pembroke
  • Lucas Krenzin, a professional fused glass artist from Monroe
  • Congressman Pittenger’s Congressional staff

The winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition will be announced on Thursday, and the winning entry will be displayed in a busy corridor of the U.S. Capitol for the next year.

“Congratulations to each high school artist who entered this year’s competition,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “You demonstrated not only remarkable talent, but also courage and character.  Over 20,000 people viewed your artwork on my Facebook page, and I look forward to showing all my Capitol Hill guests the winning entry during our tours of the Capitol.”

To view the six finalists, as well as all 37 entries, please visit Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page at