Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that Brian Pfister, a senior at Oak Lawn Community High School, is the Third Congressional District’s winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Pfister’s digital photograph, entitled “Salute,” shows an image from an Air Force Ceremony involving his brother. The photograph will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside the winning pieces from congressional districts across the country. He will also receive two roundtrip tickets for the exhibition opening this summer in Washington, D.C.
“We are fortunate to have so many talented artists in the district with such diverse skill sets,” said Rep. Lipinski. “While I was impressed by all the artwork that my office received, Brian’s moving photograph really brings out that patriotic feeling that many of us share when we think about the brave men and women putting their lives on hold, and often in harm’s way, in order to serve this great nation. I congratulate Brian on this honor and thank all the young men and women who participated in this year’s competition for the thought and care they put into their art. I would also like to thank the family members, friends, teachers and others that continue to encourage our young people in a subject area that is unfortunately receiving less support and attention in many of our country’s schools. I urge every student that is going to be in high school next year to sharpen their pencils, get their brushes out, and make sure their camera batteries are charged for next year’s competition.”
Rep. Lipinski presented Pfister with a certificate at a special ceremony attended by his family, teachers, school officials, and friends at Oak Lawn Community High School. The Congressman also gave him an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.