Rep. Axne Announces Winner of IA03 Congressional Art Competition

May 8, 2019
Press Release
“An Opportunity” will be displayed in U.S. Capitol for one year

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced that a charcoal drawing entitled “An Opportunity” was selected to represent Iowa’s Third Congressional District in the 2019 Congressional Art Contest. The drawing was created by Wyatt Bailey, a junior at Bondurant-Farrar High School in Bondurant, Iowa. Congresswoman Axne spoke with Wyatt this morning by phone to let him know that had won.

“I want to congratulate every student who submitted a piece of original artwork. I was beyond impressed with the talent and creativity of our high school students across the Third District. I know I can speak for our panel of judges in saying that it was an incredibly close contest,” said Axne.I’d like to especially congratulate our first place winner, Wyatt Bailey, whose piece depicts the beauty of Iowa agriculture as well as the struggles facing all of our communities. I look forward to seeing his artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol over the next year.”

As the first-place winner, Wyatt will be given the opportunity to fly to DC and attend a reception held for the competition winners at the U.S. House of Representatives in June. Additionally, his work, “An Opportunity,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

A panel of 5 artists and art professionals from across the district chose the winner. The panelists are listed below.

Siobhan Spain, Director of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines

State Rep. Ray Sorenson, State Representative and muralist in Fontanelle

Jenny Kruger, Dean of the Iowa Western Community College Art Department in Council Bluffs

David Purdy, DMACC Photography & video Professor, and working photographer in Des Moines

Trish Bergren, Director at the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum in Clarinda.

Each Spring, the Congressional Art Institute sponsors the Artistic Discovery Contest to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the nation. High school students throughout the Third District were invited to submit original pieces of art to Rep. Axne’s office. In addition to Wyatt, the panelist chose 2nd and 3rd place winners.



First Place:

Wyatt Bailey, Bondurant-Farrar High School

“An Opportunity”


Second Place:

Tevka Heidi Lackmann, Norwalk High School

“Respect Your Mother”


Third Place:

Ceth Bennick, Bondurant-Farrar High School

“Lost in Dead Space”


More information on the Congressional Art Competition is available here.