Marie Steiger, a student at Butte High School, has won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for Montana, according to Congressman Steve Daines.

The winning piece is a large color pastel titled “Falling,” featuring a long-haired girl in pink lying in a green grass field. Creation and submittal of the art work was encouraged by Butte High art teacher, John Bercier, who describes the style of art as pop-surrealism. Steiger also studies under Dan Cornell, Mike Kujawa and Butte artist Martha Cooney. She is the daughter of Suzzann Nordwick and Todd Steiger.

Since 1982, the Congressional Institute has sponsored this nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Panels of independent artists judge the submissions. One piece of artwork is chosen from each Congressional District. Winning students attend the National Art Exhibit opening ceremony and a professional artist workshop.

While in Washington, D.C. , Daines’ office arranged tours for Steiger and her family of several sites, including the Kennedy Center, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol. The agenda also included a “Montana Breakfast” with other Montanans including Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Max Baucus, and Congressman Daines.

Starting on Wednesday, June 26, her artwork will be one of 435 pieces displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

Photos of the student exhibit can also be found online at: http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/state/MT

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