U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced on Friday, April 28, 2023, the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition:
“Ted,” by Natalie Weber of Freeburg High School.
Weber’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
“Congratulations to Natalie for winning our 2023 competition,” said Bost. “Not only did her artwork show great skill, but it also told the story of love for a pet, growing up, and preparing to leave home and family for new beginnings. I’m looking forward to seeing it hang at the Capitol later this year. A special thank you to the 61 Southern Illinois high school students who participated this year, as well as our judges, teachers, and reception hosts who made it all possible. Job well done!”
“We got my dog Ted from a shelter when I was in 8th grade,” said Natalie Weber. “When I graduate high school this spring, I will have to move away from him. He was my source of comfort and joy during all the tribulations of being a teenager. My love for him is showcased in his eye and I hope my adoration is captured.”