Bachmann announces winners of 2013 Congressional Art Competition



“Liberty,” a photograph by Forest Lake High School senior Maria Mahnke of Marine on St. Croix, won first place in Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s Congressional Art Competition for the Sixth District.

Maria’s artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will hang in the Cannon House office building tunnel at the U.S. Capitol for a year. She will be invited to attend the National Art Competition ceremony. Another photograph by Mahnke, titled “Freedom,” tied for third place. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition for high school students across the United States. Each Congressional office selects one winner to display in the tunnel, which is traveled daily by members of Congress, staff, and visitors.

  • christine springer

    although technically correct, very misleading. the mahnke that won 3rd place for freedom was teresa mahnke not maria mahnke.

  • Mary Bailey

    Thank you for the correction.
    Yes, Maria’s sister Teresa Mahnke actually took third place.
    Teresa is an accomplished photographer whose photograph, “Hand,” won a Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art Awards. At the 2013 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards, Teresa’s photographs garnished one Gold Key, three Silver Keys, and two Honorable mentions before progressing to the national level. Presentation of national awards is upcoming on May 31 in New York.