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Painting by Big Horn student wins statewide award

SHERIDAN — Alex Eisele turned some simple objects on her dresser into a trip to Washington, D.C.

Eisele, a senior at Big Horn High School, recently won the Congressional Award at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium with her painting “Dresser Top.”

She describes the painting as a highly detailed piece of items on the dresser and painted it as part of the Painting II class she is taking at Sheridan College.

“It was just right there in front of me,” she said.

Eisele has been drawing for several years ­and has painted more this year thanks to the class at the college.

Her work was picked out of more than 4,200 pieces from Wyoming High School students and she was one of two students that got a $1,500 scholarship for her efforts. Eisele also had another painting among the top 24 works at the competition.

The painting is currently on display in Cheyenne at the State Parks and Cultural Resources building. However, in July it will take a trip east and be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the year. Eisele also will attend a reception for the Congressional Art Competition June 26 at the Capital.

Eisele plans to major in art after graduating from Big Horn and winning the award was not something she anticipated.
“I was really thrilled,” she said. “I had no idea (I would win). I am super excited all my hard work paid off.”

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