Rep. Miller and Best In Show Winner Jillian Oberts with her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

How did Utica HS Senior Jillian Oberts get her artwork placed in the U.S. Capitol?

I had the pleasure of welcoming the talented Jillian Oberts to Washington, D.C. for the unveiling of her artwork “The Journey”, which is now displayed in the U.S. Capitol building.

Earlier this year, Jillian entered Michigan’s 10th Congressional Art Competition, and, out of over 240 very impressive submissions, Jillian’s piece “The Journey” was selected as Best in Show.

Miller and Oberts walk through the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol.

As the Best in Show winner, Jillian’s artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol building in what is called the Cannon Tunnel. This popular, highly-traveled underground tunnel connects our Congressional Offices to the Capitol. All members and staff, as well as visitors travel through it every day, and we always admire the artwork displayed there as we walk along.

Now a senior at Utica High School, next year, Jillian will be taking her talents to the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids to which she received a full scholarship.

Congratulations to Jillian on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Such a bright young woman is sure to do great things.

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