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SOMERSET, KY - Today, U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District. 

The first place artwork, entitled “#Selfie #Uncentered,” was painted by Reagan Smith, a senior at Corbin High School. Reagan utilized watercolors to create her self-portrait. Her art teacher is Brenda Daniel. Reagan is the daughter of Gwen Lickliter of Corbin, Kentucky.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight talented artists from across the country, and I'm thrilled to have our region represented by such talented students,” said Rogers. “Reagan's artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for thousands of visitors from across the world to see and I am proud that everyone will know it came from southeastern Kentucky.”

Reagan's artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building for one year where it will hang alongside artwork from congressional districts across the nation. She will also attend a Congressional Art Competition reception for winning artists from across the country on June 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C., and will receive two complimentary airline tickets to attend. Additionally, Reagan is also eligible for an art scholarship of $3,000 per year from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she has already been accepted for enrollment. 

The second place artwork, entitled "Rise Above It" was drawn by Allissa Moe, a junior at Betsy Layne High School. The artwork is a pencil portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his famous "I have a dream" speech written in the background. Allissa darkened the word "Rise" to stand out as a message to the viewer. Her art teacher is Shannon Shepherd. Allissa is the daughter of Thomas and Dorian Moe of Harold, Kentucky. 

The third place artwork, entitled "Still Life with Vase of Roses" was drawn by Matthew Hackler. The artwork is an intricate ebony pencil drawing of a still life arrangement. Matthew is a Senior at McCreary Central High School. His art teacher is Rose Fey. Matthew is the son of Tonya Hackler of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

The second and third place winners will receive a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for their award-winning artwork. 

To view all of the entries from Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District, visit Rogers' online photo gallery at

The Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, was initiated by Congress in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young people living in their districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition over the last 30 years. 

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter or on Facebook

2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner 
Reagan Smith from Corbin High School

2014 Congressional Art Competition 1st Runner-up 
by Allissa Moe from Betsy Layne High School

2014 Congressional Art Competition 2nd Runner-up 
by Matthew Hackler from McCreary Central High School