WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced that Emma Lu, a freshman at Boston Latin School and West Roxbury resident, has won this year’s Congressional Art Competition in the Eighth Congressional District of Massachusetts with the submission of her artwork entitled, "Keeping Company". 

Emma’s piece was created using color pencil and its description is as follows: This piece features a dog, slumped on the couch as he gazes outside a window which has a goldfish on the other side; an abandoned, bitten apple lays next to him.  The judges described Emma's work as "well thought out and masterfully executed", and noted its multiple layers and interpretations allow for the viewer to almost hear and feel the dog's longing or waiting for its human to return.  "Keeping Company" will be flown to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Emma is an remarkable artist and 'Keeping Company' is a reflection of her hard work and talent," said Congressman Lynch.  "Her artwork is a powerful display of artistic depth and I congratulate her on winning this year’s Art Competition.  I would like to thank all the students who submitted artwork this year and all their dedicated teachers and parents for supporting their artistic endeavors. It was wonderful to see the talent of so many budding artists across the Eighth Congressional District, and I hope Emma's success will encourage other students across the District to participate in future competitions.”  

The annual competition is open to all high school students across the country. This year, artists from across the Eighth Congressional District submitted artwork that included photographs, paintings, pencil sketchings, and collages, among other mediums.  The next Congressional Art Competition will be open in 2020.