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North Tonawanda Art Student's Work to Hang in US Capitol

By Eileen Buckley

North Tonawanda, NY – A North Tonawanda high school student has won a national art contest. Her work will be on display at the US Capitol in Washington later this month.

North Tonawanda High School Junior Katherine Bogdon was the first place winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

"It is amazing to show this and to compete and see all that can be done with art," Bogdon said.

Bogdon received her first place prize Wednesday from Congressman Tom Reynolds who appeared at her high school. Bogdon's winning piece was a pencil drawing titled "Reflections in Glass." She competed against 42 others in the art contest in the 26th Congressional district. Bogdon says used still life to create her artwork.

"There were three different objects, but I composed them so they would all have a similar curve," Bogdon explained. "Then I took a table in the background and gave it a similar curve as well."

Bogdon says it took her two months to create her "Reflections in Glass."

"I really wanted to study the different forms within the glass and see how light would affect the color," Bogdon said. "It took me a while to create because color pencil is just layer upon layer of color."

Bogdon says she is planning to attend a fine arts college. As part of her first prize, she is now eligible for a Savannah College of Art and Design scholarship. Bogdon also received three round-trip tickets to Washington to attend the opening of the student art display on June 14th.

She says it will be very exciting to see her work displayed in the US Capitol.