Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) announced today that Erica Grossman of North Easton won this year’s Congressional Art Competition in the Ninth Congressional District.

The annual national art competition, called "An Artistic Discovery," is open to all high school students across the nation. One piece of artwork from each Congressional District is selected to be hung in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

This year, numerous entries came in from across Congressman Lynch’s district, and it was a difficult job in selecting the 2008 winner.

In the end, Erica Grossman, a senior at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, was selected for her mosaic made of paper magazine pieces entitled "Pieces of Me."

"Erica Grossman is a truly gifted young artist," said Congressman Lynch, "Her work reflects the superb instruction of Kristyn Shea, her art teacher at Oliver Ames High School. I hope that Erica’s success will encourage other students from North Easton and across the Ninth District to continue their pursuit of the arts."

Congressman Lynch noted that the competition had been especially tough this year, and there were a large number of outstanding submissions. As a result of the high quality of the artwork, Lynch has arranged for all of the students’ entries to be displayed at their respective town halls this summer.

Congressman Lynch said, "It’s obvious from this competition that we have some gifted young artists in the Ninth Congressional District. No doubt, their ability is due in large part to the support of their parents and their extraordinary art teachers."