June 29, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has announced that Desiree Thompson-Huderson, a student at the Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville, has been selected as the winner of his Congressional Art Competition. Thompson-Huderson’s artwork, “The Stray,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year along with other first-place winners from across the country.

“I congratulate Desiree on her winning piece, ‘The Stray,’” Rep. Lawson said. “We had several talented artists to participate, and the competition was stiff with many outstanding entries. Thank you to the teachers and parents who supported Desiree, and all the other students around the district.”

Thompson-Huderson and her guest will fly to Washington, D.C. to attend a congressional arts reception and the unveiling of her artwork in the U.S. Capitol. Her piece will also be featured on the U.S. House’s Congressional Art Competition webpage.

“I was happy and shocked when I was told I won the contest,” said Thompson-Huderson, who has been drawing since she was 12 years old. "I enjoy drawing because you can express so much through art. I hope my artwork makes people who look at it feel happy. I would like to thank Congressman Lawson for the opportunity to share my art."

Wanda Wynn, Thompson-Huderson’s teacher at Pace Center for Girls, Jacksonville, so the entire school is proud of this accomplishment.

“Since starting at Pace last year, her creative talents have never ceased to amaze those around her,” Wynn said. “Her teachers and classmates are thrilled she’s been honored with this recognition and the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. with Congressman Lawson.” 

Students in grades 7th-12th from across Florida's 5th district were encouraged to participate in the contest. The Congressional Art Competition is hosted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and highlights the creative talents of students in each of the districts. 

The Stray