Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer announced Grace Varner, a recent Hoover High School graduate and an incoming UM freshman, as the first-place winner of this year’s Alabama 6th Congressional District Art Competition.
Each year, this nation-wide contest features student artwork from more than 200 Congressional offices. The winning artwork from each district is later displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.
A total of 64 students from 17 high schools in the 6th District submitted entries. Varner’s winning piece, “Brother,” was a graphite recreation of a picture of her brother.
“I am so honored to have the privilege to represent my district by having my art hang in the capitol. I have worked so hard to develop my artistic abilities and this recognition means the world to me,” said Varner.
Varner will later travel to Washington D.C. in June to attend the national reception with Palmer.
“Each year I am impressed by the creative talents of the young people in Alabama’s 6th District,” said Palmer. “I would like to congratulate Grace Varner on winning the competition this year and I look forward to seeing her in D.C. this June for the National Art Reception.”