Congressman Costa Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition

May 21, 2019
Press Release
The Congressional Art Competition, which first began in 1982, honors thousands of students across the nation for their creative talents.

Congressman Jim Costa announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for California's District 16 at a ceremony in Fresno at Arte Americas.

Thalia Garcia, a student from Madera High School, won first prize for her soft pastel artwork “Head in the Clouds.” Garcia's art will grace the halls of the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. 

From Merced, El Capitan High School student Diana Presas' charcoal portrait “Imagine” placed second in the competition, while Anna Titterington from Madera High School placed third place for her charcoal on canvas work titled "Fantine".  

Dozens of students from Fresno, Merced and Madera counties entered the competition, which provides an opportunity to exercise their creativity and get engaged in the arts. The second and third place winners' artwork will hang in Congressman Costa's district offices in Merced and Fresno, respectively.

The Congressional Art Competition, which first began in 1982, honors thousands of students across the nation for their creative talents. Local competitions are voluntarily hosted by Members of Congress in their home districts and Congressman Costa enjoys hosting the competition every year. Winners are also invited to the Capitol for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and congressional reception.