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Upton Announces 2018 Art Competition Winner

Portage Central High School student’s art to hang in U.S. Capitol for one year

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Washington, June 6, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Ranya Liu, a sophomore at Portage Central High School, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Her piece, a Chinese watercolor on rice paper titled “Butterfly and Flower,” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Having studied many different wonderful pieces, we chose Ranya’s piece based on its unique talents and merits,” said Upton. “It’s yet another extraordinary piece of art to represent our community in the U.S. Capitol for hundreds of thousands to admire over the next year. Congratulations to Ranya and everyone who took part in Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2018 High School Area Show, which has hosted the Congressional Art Competition for five years.”

“In sixth grade I started making traditional Chinese paintings and immediately fell in love with it,” said Liu. “I admit that I was really fortunate to have found a teacher who taught such a unique form of art. Through these paintings I have been able to connect with the Chinese heritage that I have always felt a little distant from, and I am so excited to see the piece in the U.S. Capitol!"

As the winner, Ranya and a guest will be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., for all of the Congressional Art Competition winners.

“Butterfly and Flower” by Ranya Liu

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