Grand County High School senior Kirsten Broderick recently had one of her photographs win the First Place Award in the 3rd Congressional District art and photography competition. The piece, titled “Working Hands,” shows a pair of gloved gardener’s hands.
Broderick said she entered the picture in the 45th annual Utah All-State High School Art Show sponsored by the Springville Museum of Art. It was then chosen by Jennifer Andelin, who works for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
A framed copy of the print will hang in the U.S. Capitol throughout the coming year. Broderick said she will be traveling to Springville to receive her award on Feb. 4, after which she will later be flown to Washington, D.C. for the official opening presentation of the artwork.
More information about the U.S. Congress’ annual student art competition, along with pictures of winning art pieces from around the country, can be found at www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/.
Broderick said her piece is a combination of photography and post-production artistic effects.
“After taking the picture, I edited it in PhotoShop by adding a vignette and increasing the contrast and saturation,” she said.
Broderick added that winning the award has caused her to rethink her post-high school plans somewhat.
“My original plan after high school was to become a dental hygienist and run a photography business on the side,” she said, adding, “With the recent news, I have become undecided about what I want to do.”