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Brunswick student wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District

Taylor Worthington’s painting will hang in a special exhibit at the U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Taylor Worthington of Brunswick has won the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District. His painting, entitled “Touch of Pink,” will be on display at the U.S. Capitol for a year. 

“The artwork Maine students create in this competition has always been impressive, and this year is no exception,” Pingree said. “Taylor’s colorful portrait is a stunning piece that will certainly catch people’s eyes when it is on display at the Capitol. My congratulations to him and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional. I appreciate the Maine Arts Commission for their continued role in supporting this great competition.”   

Worthington, 17, is a senior at Brunswick High School.

“Taylor Worthington's compelling portrait captures the spirit of the artist. His unflinching gaze and unapologetic expression combined with bold colorful brushstrokes stopped us in our tracks,” competition judges Pamela Moulton and Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo said. “His mastery of composition and color made this work of art exceptional.” 

The judges also recognized the work of five other 1st District students—1st Runner Up Katie Sprague of Kents Hill School; 2nd Runner Up Nicholas Maynard of Wells High School; and Honorable Mentions Bennett Hight of Freeport High School, Morgan Schlaack and Sarah Belling, both of Brunswick High School.

1st Runner Up Katie Sprague, Kents Hill School

2nd Runner Up Nicholas Maynard, Wells High School

Honorable Mention Bennett Hight, Freeport High School

Honorable Mention Morgan Schlaack, Brunswick High School

Honorable Mention Sarah Belling, Brunswick High School

About the competition

Held each year, the Congressional Art Competition takes place in participating Congressional Districts across the country.  One winning work from each District hangs in a special exhibit at the U.S. Capitol for a year.   This year, a jury put together by the Maine Arts Commission and Maine College of Art selected Maine winners from the top finishers in the regional Scholastic Art Competition. 

First-place winners will travel to Washington, courtesy of a private sponsor, to participate in an opening ceremony in June.  Winners and runners-up from both Congressional districts will have their art on display at the State House in late April, followed by a Blaine House reception on May 4.  The Maine College of Art offers winning high school seniors a scholarship to their BFA program, and younger students receive a scholarship to their PreCollege program. 

About the judges

Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo is a life-long artist, teacher and founder of Oak Street Studios, A Young People’s Art Institute, and Side x Side, an arts-in-education non-profit in Portland.  

Pamela Moulton is a Franco-American textile and installation artist living in Portland. Her work has been exhibited internationally. 

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