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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.

2017 Congressional Art Award Winners



Touch of Pink by Taylor Worthington
of Brunswick
           Grade 12, Brunswick High School
                Art Teacher: Allison Price
Jill  by Lizzie Dunn
of Houlton
               Grade 10, Houlton Jr./Sr. High School
                    Art Teacher: Pamela Chernesky

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Bruce Poliquin are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Congressional Arts Awards in Maine’s Congressional Districts.

Taylor Worthington, a senior from Brunswick High School received the congratulatory call from Maine's 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on his winning artwork "Touch of Pink." “The artwork Maine students create in this competition has always been impressive, and this year is no exception,” Pingree said. “Taylor’s colorful portrait is a stunning piece that will certainly catch people’s eyes when it is on display at the Capitol.  My congratulations to him and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional.”

Lizzie Dunn, a sophomore from Houlton High School, took top honors from Maine's Second District with her artwork "Jill."  “Every year, I am awestruck by the incredible talent and hard work of our high school students in Maine through this competition,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m extraordinarily proud of all our participants this year and I congratulate Lizzie for working so hard to achieve this. I’m so delighted to display Lizzie’s artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where thousands of Americans from across the country can enjoy this piece of Maine’s culture and talent.”

The Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, Julie Richard stated, “We are thrilled to be able to work with our Congressional offices and the Maine College of Art to honor these talented students in this way.  There is so much creativity in our State and this year’s winners and runners up certainly exemplify that."





   Lost At Sea  Photography

      Macau  Watercolor Painting
   Katie Sprague
   Grade 12, Kents Hill School

   Art Teacher: Babette Wheelden

    Sherwin Yuen
    Grade 12, Bangor High School

    Art Teacher: Susan Bryand


    Moo You  Photography

    The Story of the Banjo Maker  Drawing and 
    Nicholas Maynard
    Grade 11, Wells High School

    Art Teacher: Vanessa White-Capelluti

    Dolphine Penzo
    Grade 11, Hebron Academy

    Art Teacher: Jeanine Eschenbach

    Angler Fish        Self-Portrait  Acrylic Painting
    Bennett Hight
    Grade 12, Freeport High School

    Art Teacher: Kimberly Medsker-Mehalic

      Sherwin Yuen
    Grade 12, Bangor High School

    Art Teacher: Susan Bryand

    Flora Fish (As Vase)  Drawing and Illustration       The Last Straw  Photopgraphy
    Morgan Schlaack
    Grade 11, Brunswick High School

    Art Teacher: Colleen Kearney-Graffam

      Lauren Rousseau
    Grade 12, Hebron Academy

    Art Teacher: Jeanine Eschenbach

    Island Cove  Acrylic Painting       Repetition  Painting
    Sarah Belling
    Grade 10, Brunswick High School

    Art Teacher: Colleen Kearney-Graffam

      Eli Clein
    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 vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj


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