Texas Panhandle teen artist wins congressional art award
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Cheyenne Blacksher's pastel depiction of a cheery dog will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, representing Texas' 13th Congressional District.
Blacksher's brilliantly detailed artwork is the district winner for the annual Congressional Art Competition, according to Kelton Independent School District, where the Shamrock teen is a student, and U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry's office.
"Cheyenne's artwork demonstrates a great deal of artistic talent," Thornberry said this week in a Facebook post. "I am proud to have it represent our district in the Capitol building for the next year."
Texas' 13th Congressional District hugs the Red River and stretches from Fort Worth's northwestern suburbs to the Texas Panhandle, and includes Wichita Falls and Amarillo.
Kelton ISD covers eastern Wheeler County and touches the Oklahoma border. The district actually produced two winners in this year's national competition.
Kade Hathaway, a Kelton student from nearby Elk City, Okla., will represent Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional District with his "Friends Stick Together," a pastel piece depicting two horses.
Congressman Frank Lucas represents Oklahoma's 3rd District.
More than 650,000 high school students have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has been an annual contest since 1982.