Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Chisholm Native and 2018 Art Congressional Competition Winner Davinia Gangl and State Senator Dave Tomassoni Join Nolan for Capitol Tour, Votes, and a Ride on U.S. Capitol Underground Train

Jul 3, 2018
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Chisholm natives Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni and his granddaughter Davinia Gangl, the 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner in Minnesota’s 8th District, joined U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan last week for a busy fun filled day on Capitol Hill.

“Congratulations again to Chisholm Ninth Grader Davania Gangl, whose beautiful work entitled simply “The Flower” was the winner of our 2018 Congressional Arts Competition,” said Nolan. “It was great getting a chance to show Davinia the spot where her artwork is being displayed in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol and the House office buildings. Thousands of people will see the piece every day over the next several months.”

Nolan noted that in between numerous votes and meetings, he was able to spend time with Danvinia and Senator Tomassoni, touring the Capitol, riding the underground train to the U.S. Capitol Building, and even taking Davinia on the House Floor while he voted. This was Davinia's first trip to Washington and first time flying on a plane.  

Nolan stated that the Congressional Arts Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the talents of their young constituents. Each Congressional District’s winning artwork is displayed for one year in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, and the student artist receives a trip to Washington for themselves and a parent or guardian for the unveiling. So far, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.