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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Honors Fresno Students for Works in Congressional Art Competition

May 5, 2018
Press Release

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) honored Fresno County high school students who participated in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition with an awards ceremony Friday evening at the Fresno Arts Council.

More than 50 pieces of art were submitted to the district-wide competition, with high school students from Fresno County submitting 24 pieces total. Fresno students’ work was judged by local artists and members of the Fresno arts community.

Rep. Costa honored all student entrants individually during Friday’s ceremony before awarding this year’s first and third place winners. “It is vital that we engage in creative and innovative thinking, which is why I seize the opportunity to host the Congressional Art Competition in our Valley every year,” said Costa. “Looking around this room – at these remarkable students and their moving works – I am proud of each and every one of these young people, for what they have created here and for sharing it with our community.”

Congressman Costa announced Anna Titteringten as this year's third place winner and Emilie Haskell as this year's first place winner. Anna attends Edison High School, and her third place piece is an oil on canvas work entitled “Tiny Tears.” Emilie also attends Edison High School, and her grand-prize-winning work is an acrylic on Masonite board piece entitled “Serene.”

This year’s second place winner is Lylah Carranza from Los Banos High School. Lylah was announced as the second place winner at the awards ceremony honoring Merced County students, which was held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. Her prize-winning work is a colored pencil piece entitled “Hidden.”

Emilie’s “Serene” will be sent to Washington, D.C. in June, where it will hang on display with other first place pieces from across the country to be viewed by the millions who visit the Capitol each year. All first place winners, including Emilie, are also invited to the Capitol to attend the opening of the display exhibiting the 2018 winning works and the congressional reception celebrating the student winners.

Lylah’s “Hidden” and Anna’s “Tiny Tears” will be displayed in Congressman Costa’s district offices.

For more on Wednesday evening’s Merced County awards ceremony, click here.