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Congressional Art Competition


About the Congressional Art Awards

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.

The competition is open to all high school students. The overall winner of each participating district will have the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for the entire year, beginning in June. In addition, winners will be flown to Washington, D.C. for the official opening of the show in June.

The Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to select the artwork. Gold and silver winners from the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried in February for the Congressional Art Competition.


2016 Congressional Art Award Winners




 JoJo Zeitlin

 Grade 11
 Cape Elizabeth High





  Michaela Shorey

  Grade 12
  Rangeley Lakes Regional School
An Older-Young Girl  


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Bruce Poliquin are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Congressional Arts Awards in Maine’s Congressional Districts.

Pingree congratulates JoJo Zeitlin, a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School, for her winning artwork, “Brian” a black and white photograph.

“JoJo’s photograph shows great composition and technique. As an islander, I love that the image is so distinctly rural, coastal ‘Maine,’” Pingree said. “I think it will really stand out and I’m proud that it will represent Maine’s First District when it is hung at the Capitol this June. My congratulations to JoJo and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional.”

Congressman Bruce Poliquin acknowledged Michaela Shorey, a senior at Rangeley Lakes High School, the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s Second District. Michaela’s winning art piece, “An Older-Young Girl,” was crafted using various materials including pastels and cut paper.

“Each year, I am astonished by the tremendous artistic ability and creative talent of our Maine high schoolers,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am incredibly proud to showcase Michaela’s artwork at the U.S. Capitol for this next year, where it will be admired and enjoyed by thousands of Americans from across the country. Congratulations Michaela on a job well done!”


Complete List of Student Honorees for 2016






   Brian  Photograghy

      An Older-Young Girl  Mixed Media
   JoJo Zeitlin
   Grade 11, Cape Elizabeth High School
   Art Teacher: Richard Rothlisberger
      Michaela Shorey
    Grade 12, Rangeley Lakes Regional School
    Art Teacher: Sonja Johnson

   Self Portrait  Painting

      Self Portrait Oil II   Oil Painting
   Anna Callahan
   Grade 10, Brunswick High School

   Art Teacher: Allison Price

    Rachel Flannery
    Grade 12, Lewiston High School

    Art Teacher: Nathaniel Meyer


    Banana  Drawing and Illustration

      Iman  Photography
    Abigail Stevens-Roberts
    Grade 12, Thornton Academy

    Art Teacher: Dana Altman

    Chandler Clothier
    Grade 12, Lewiston High School

    Art Teacher: Sarah Stocker

    Modern Landscape  Photography       Vitality  Photogrpahy
    Caitlyn Duffy
    Grade 12, Gorham High School

    Art Teacher: Chris Crosby

      Olivia Berger
    Grade 12, Hebron Academy

    Art Teacher: Jeanine Eschenbach

    Yea, Noise?  Painting       3 Gourds  Painting
    Gabriel Rosen
    Grade 12, Portland High School

    Art Teacher: Barbara Loring

      Alanna Fellows
    Grade 12, Lewiston High School

    Art Teacher: Nathaniel Meyer

    Bones and Bones  Photography       Bicycle  Mixed Media
    Katie Sprague
    Grade 11, Kents Hill School

    Art Teacher: Babs Wheelden

      Shin Hye Hwang
    Grade 12, Hebron Academy

    Art Teacher: Jeanine Eschenbach



For information about the Congressional Art Competition please contact Julie Horn at the Maine Arts Commission, at 207-287-2790 or