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Upton announces 2019 Art Competition Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Makala Carr, a junior at Centreville High School, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Her art, a colored pencil, charcoal, and ink pen piece titled “Opinion Orange,” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Makala’s piece is so unique and creative, and it will be a real joy to see her art represent our community in our nation’s Capitol for the next year,” Upton said. “Makala clearly has a special gift and a tremendous skill set. I want to wish her a sincere congratulations and thank everyone who participated in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2019 High School Area Show, which has hosted the Congressional Art Competition for six years.”

“The night of the KIA Awards Ceremony I walked in to the auditorium completely oblivious to any of the events that would follow. When my name was called it felt like ages before I actually walked up to accept the 6th Congressional District Art Award simply because I was in shock, in fact, I still am,” Carr said. “I can't express the honor I feel in being chosen out of the ninety five other beautiful works that were displayed in the gallery. The word "excited" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of describing my emotion towards the trip to D.C. and the hanging reception. The process of creating "Opinion Orange" was the most self-reflective experience that I have ever worked through in a piece, and I'm over the moon that it spoke to others at such lengths. This award has opened up several doors of opportunity for me, which I will be forever grateful for. I couldn't have done it without my art mentor, Ms. Rolfe, and the support of my school.”

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


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