WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) recently announced that Isabelle Xu of Westwood has won this year’s Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” in the Eighth Congressional District.   

The annual art competition is open to all high school students across the nation.  The winning piece of artwork from each Congressional District is selected to hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

This year, 15 young artists from across the Eighth Congressional District submitted artwork.  Entries included photographs, paintings, pencil sketchings and collages, among other mediums. 

In the end, the judges selected a colored pencil drawing entitled “The Little Match Girl” by Isabelle Xu, a junior at Westwood High School.  The drawing highlighted advanced techniques of shading and was imaginative and creative.  Isabelle’s artwork has been flown to Washington, D.C. where it will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. 

“Isabelle Xu is a wonderfully gifted young artist,” said Congressman Lynch. “Her artwork is a reflection of her talent and hard work.  I hope that Isabelle’s success will encourage other students from Westwood and across the Eighth District to continue their pursuit of the arts.”

Congressman Lynch added, “It is obvious from this competition that we have a number of gifted young artists in the Eighth Congressional District.  No doubt, their ability is due in large part to the support of their dedicated parents and their extraordinary art teachers.”