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Future Ottawa artist shows off her skills

Fourth grader's poster wins contest, hangs in Springfield museum

Emily Pierre wants to be an artist when she grows up.

Earlier this week, the Ottawa Jefferson fourth grader demonstrated she was on her way, as she had her artwork put on major display for the first time.

Pierre's Abraham Lincoln poster was chosen as runner-up in the kindergarten through fifth grade Illinois Arts Education Week poster contest. As a result, her artwork will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield for a year.

"I was a little scared, but then I was excited to see mine, and other people's art work," Pierre said of the trip to the museum Wednesday with art teacher Jessica Presnak and Principal Nate Pinter to be honored.

Pierre said she hasn't won a contest of this kind. Her mother, who is an art teacher, suggested she enter.

Pierre used different kinds of paper in red, white and blue colors to portray a silhouette of Lincoln with an Illinois-shaped thought bubble. "Leadership is an Art" was the theme of the contest, meaning participants had to also reflect dance, drama, media, music and visual arts, represented as an iPad, artist's palette, paintbrush, music note and dancers.

"I like it all," Pierre said of art class. "I like all the colors, and the different creations you can make."

Illinois Arts Education Week will be March 16-22. For more information on the event, go to

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