Pulphus v. Ayers
St. Louis artist David Pulphus completed Untitled #1, which depicts a civil rights demonstration, while he was a student at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School. His allegorical painting was one of more than 400 works selected as part of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Untitled #1 was on display in the U.S. Capitol’s Cannon Tunnel for more than six months without incident. After several Congressmen called the portrayal of police offices disrespectful, Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for the operation of the U.S. Capitol complex, retroactively determined the painting did not comply with the suitability guidelines and removed it from the exhibit.