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Covington Latin student’s Koi Pond artwork will grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol Building

By Vicki Prichard
NKyTribune reporter

A Covington Latin School student’s original art is on its way to Washington, D.C. where it will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building throughout 2017.

Maria Bossert, the daughter of Mark and Darlene Bossert of Fort Mitchell, says she’s grateful for the opportunity to display her artwork in the U.S. Capitol Building.

“I had always heard about the Congressional Art Competition growing up, and thought about how ridiculously cool it would be to win,” says Bossert. “I am beyond honored to represent my Congressional District with my art, and am looking forward to seeing the piece hanging in D.C. alongside work of so many other talented students.”

Bossert was featured in a Northern Kentucky Tribune story in December focused on how her family showcases her art on its Christmas cards.

The family tradition began when Bossert was six and as her talent grew, the anticipation of her Christmas cards also increased.

“Everybody is always like, “I can’t wait to get her card.” Darlene Bossert said. “They ask her, “What are you working on?” What’s this year’s card going to be?””

The Bosserts will travel to Washington, D.C. in June to attend a reception for the Congressional Art Competition winners.

Some examples of Maria Bossert’s Christmas art

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent throughout the nation in each congressional district. Winning works hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Twenty student-artists participated in Kentucky’s Fourth District.

In a post on his Facebook page, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg) stated, “The judges were very impressed with the art work this year and it was tough choosing between the different pieces. Koi Pond stood out to the judges due to its attention to detail, compelling use of complimentary colors, and the dynamic and life-like quality of the piece.”

Bossert’s art has garnered much attention and accolades. Last summer, Koi Pond, won second place in drawing and the Student Achievement Award at the Kentucky State Fair. She was recently accepted into Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA).

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