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2019 Congressional Art Award Winners

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition: Carolyn Adams of Lewiston High School in Lewiston and Julia Lee of Falmouth High School in Falmouth. 

The Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every year to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Since this competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, according to the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Both first place students will have their artwork on display at the U.S. Capitol for one year and will be offered respective scholarships to attend Maine College of Art in Portland. All recognized artwork will be on exhibit at the Maine State House in Augusta during the spring of 2019.

DISTRICT ONE

DISTRICT TWO

WINNER
Facet by Julia Lee
Grade 11, Falmouth High School
Art Teacher: Susan Morse

WINNER
Dizzy by Carolyn Adams
Grade 11, Lewiston High School 
Art Teacher: Sarah Stocker

1ST RUNNER UP
Boy With Tunic (Self Portrait) by Sam Kemmerer
Grade 12, Portland High School
Art Teacher: Barbara Loring

1ST RUNNER UP
Lost Boy Running by Asha Shueyb
Grade 12, Lewiston High School
Art Teacher: Sarah Stocker

2ND RUNNER UP
Morning Reflection by Katie Han
Grade 12, Falmouth High School
Art Teacher: Susan Morse

2ND RUNNER UP
Office Dog Downs by Alexis (Joey) Sprague
Grade 11, Oxford Hills Technical School
Art Teacher: Virginia Valdes

HONORABLE MENTION
The Story Begins by Elwen Bernard
Grade 10, Baxter Academy for Technology & Science
Art Teacher: Matthew Barnes

HONORABLE MENTION
Alley by Jihwan Hwang
Grade 12, Hebron Academy
Art Teacher: Michael Tholen

HONORABLE MENTION
We All Sink Together by Autumn Heil
Grade 12, Portland Arts & Technology High School
Art Teacher: Diane Manzi

HONORABLE MENTION
Antigone by Culiandra Nero
Grade 10, Oxford Hills Technical School
Art Teacher: Virginia Valdes

HONORABLE MENTION
Quick Moment by Wanqi Su
Grade 11, Kents Hill School
Art Teacher: Babs Wheelden

HONORABLE MENTION
A big paper boat for a kid in a raincoat by Isaac Wardwell
Grade 12, George Stevens Academy
Art Teacher: Mariel Duym

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 (MECA) and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to select the artwork. Artwork that MECA has invited to exhibit for the annual Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried for the Congressional Art Competition.

For information about the Congressional Art Competition please contact Julie Horn of the Maine Arts Commission, at vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj or 207-287-2790.

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