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Maria Dutile’s “Remains” was selected as the winner of the 2019 Third District Congressional Art Competition.

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THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Congressman Clay Higgins was at The Gallery in Crowley on Tuesday to view all of the artwork entered in the Third District Congressional Art Competition.

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Judges for this year’s Third District Congressional Art Competition were, front row from left, Pat Venable, Cindy Poirot, Candice Alexander; back row, Carole Pullin, Charlene Lacombe and Thomas Benoit.

Congressional Art Competition held at The Gallery

For the second year in row, Congressman Clay Higgins chose The Gallery in Crowley to host the Third District Congressional Art Competition.
And, for the second year in a row an outstanding piece of work was selected as the winner.
Maria Dutile’s piece, “Remains,” a charcoal self-portrait that features various textures and shading techniques, was chosen as the first place entry.
Dutile is a junior at Southside High School in Youngsville.
A panel of local artists and art professionals selected Dutile’s artwork as the winning piece. It will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year as part of a national exhibit. Dutile will also be recognized during a ceremony at the Capitol this summer.
“Self-acceptance is cliché, but an important journey we all need to take, all in various ways,” said Dutile about her artwork. “Express yourself, in all its forms. Sometimes it takes more than looking yourself in the mirror, like seeing yourself in your art.”
“South Louisiana is blessed with many talented student artists, and our judges had a tough decision,” said Congressman Higgins. “Maria’s artwork showcases a high-level of skill, and we are proud to have it representing Louisiana’s 3rd District in the national exhibit.”
Additionally, the judges selected 10 works for the “People’s Choice” contest.
They will be posted on Congressman’s Higgins Facebook page, and the one with the most combined likes and shares will be declared the “People’s Choice” and hang in Congressman Higgins’ office for the next year.
The students competing for the People’s Choice Award include Lilianna Babeaux, Lafayette High; Jessie Broussard. Southside High; McKenna Latour, Lafayette High; Isabelle Stelly. Southside High; Skylar Pikkaart, Southside High; Alexandra Malcombe, Lafayette High; Sara Meyers, Lafayette High; Leah Trahan, Southside High; Madison Heydare, Ascension Episcopal; and Brooks Ritter, Southside High.
To vote for the “People’s Choice” winner, visit https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanClayHiggins. Voting will be open through the end of the day on Thursday, May 2.
Also competing were Madeline Brown, Katie Marcantel, Hailey Dunn, Kayla McCormick, Emily Schwab, Samendia Brown, Rylee Gustafson, Hannah Barron and Grace Hodgson (EvangelhouseChristian Academy); Kyr’daija Phillips, Tia Johnson and Savannah Shoop (Northside High School); Mariah Jonae Joseph (Lighthouse Christian Preparatory); Chloe Dubois, Mia Brou, Nicholas Adkinson, Lorynn Lejeune and Carlie Reed (Southside High School); Drake Hardy and Cole Broussard (Iota High School); Zachary Credeur (Ascension Episcopal); Sophia Gabriel and Alia Patin (Teurlings High School); McKenna Latour (Lafayette High School); and Anna Wright (Breaux Bridge High School).
All of the works will hang at The Gallery through May 3, and there will be an artists’ reception there that evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Gallery is located at 411 N. Parkerson Ave.
About the Congressional Art Competition
Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. 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. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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