Congressman Sues Architect Of The Capitol Over Removal Of Student Artwork

Congressman Sues Architect of the Capitol over Removal of Student Artwork

POSTED February 24, 2017

A painting by high school student David Pulphus. Photo: Zach Gibson

Congressman William Lacy Clay of Missouri has filed a federal lawsuit against Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers for removing a student painting from a Capitol Hill exhibition claiming that he violated the artist’s right to free speech, Spencer S. Hsu of the Washington Post reports.
The lawsuit is the latest development in an ongoing controversy over an exhibition of works by high school students who won an annual nationwide art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute. David Pulphus’s painting depicts police officers, who resemble …

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