WASHINGTON - Bridgewater. NJ resident Gianna Lee Biscione recently traveled to the United States Capitol to see her winning art submission displayed in the halls of Congress.

The 18-year-old was selected this year as the winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition in  New Jersey's Seventh Congressional Districtt for her piece, "Don't Play Me; Listen," an original self-portrait painted with pastels.

Biscione earned a chance to visit the nation's capital for a tour and was able to see her work on display alongside selections from across the country.

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"I feel incredibly honored to have my piece selected as part of the 2018 winners," she said. "I've worked very hard on 'Don't Play Me; Listen,' and as I continue with my career in art, each recognition is more humbling and inspiring than the last. I'd also like to thank Congressman (Leonard) Lance and his office for inviting my family and me, and for being so welcoming."

Lance, R-7th, said iit was great to welcome Biscione to the Capitol, and to display her work.

"Gianna has tremendous passion and creativity, and her work is a fine addition to the gallery in the Capitol," he said. "I am pleased that the Congressional Art contest afforded Gianna the opportunity to hone her artistic talents while allowing her to meet with other students who share her appreciation for the arts. I look forward to showing Gianna's work to the many constituents who will be visiting Washington."

Biscione is a 2018 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in the fall.