Steil Announces Artistic Discovery Contest Winner

May 6, 2019
Press Release

JANESVILLE, WI—This weekend, Bryan Steil announced the winner of his first annual First District Artistic Discovery Contest. Kylee Kappers of Kenosha will have her drawing, “Brave”, displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

“Congratulations to Kylee on this great accomplishment. Kylee’s respect for our nation’s veterans is admirable. We have more than 45,000 veterans in the First District. Her drawing is a reminder of the sacrifices and service these heroes make for our freedom. What better place to display this symbol of patriotism than in the halls of the U.S. Capitol? Thanks to the Artistic Discovery judges and students who participated in this competition,” said Steil.

“I created my piece ‘Brave’ out of respect for not only the U.S. Marines who died in World War II, but to all who have served, are serving, and will serve in any branch of our military. I believe they deserve the utmost respect for the constant sacrifices they make to keep us all safe. I want everyone to realize just how much these courageous people give up so that we can go to sleep every night in a free country,” said Kylee Kappers.

Saturday’s ceremony took place at the Janesville Woman’s Club. 18 student artists in the First District participated in the competition. Families, friends, student artists, and art teachers attended the ceremony. 

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation and our district.

Kappers is a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha. Her art teacher is Mr. Michael Schroeder.