Delta Co. student’s artwork on display in U.S. Capitol

U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek M.D. meets with Joan Stacey, winner of the Congressional Art Competition in Michigan’s First District, at the U.S. Capitol.

WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced last week that artwork by Joan Stacey, a recent graduate from Escanaba High School, who won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition in the First District, has been put on display in the U.S. Capitol. Stacey and her family visited Washington, DC to be on hand for the opening of the exhibit.

“Art and photography have always been part of my life, so I’m very grateful to be selected as the winner and very excited to come to DC. It’s been really exciting and a wonderful new experience. There’s been so much to see and do,” said Joan Stacey from Escanaba.

“It’s so great to see Joan’s winning entry on display and representing Northern Michigan in the Capitol Building. What an exciting day for her to visit our nation’s capital and get to be part of the opening of this exhibit. Her work is really a great scene from Northern Michigan and so many people will get to see it here at the Capitol,” said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon and Iron River native.

Stacey and her family met with Dr. Benishek at the exhibit and were also given a guided tour of the Capitol Building.

Congress-photo-300x225Pictured at right, Stacey’s winning entry is a 20 by 26 inch photographic print of a night scene of the Escanaba Paper Mill. Her winning photograph is displayed in an exhibit at the Capitol Complex along with entries from nearly all 435 Congressional Districts.

The Congressional Art Competition has been held annually for the last 32 years and is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. To learn more about the contest, please visit for more details.