Congressional Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition - An Artistic Discovery of California's 16th District
The 2020 Congressional Art Competition has officially been announced. For those wishing to take part, please see our office's instructions below and follow the Congressional Art Competition Guidelines. All artwork must be submitted to either the Fresno or the Merced District offices with the signed 2020 Student Release Form. Should you have any questions, please call any of my District Offices at the numbers below.
Congressman Jim Costa is excited to host the Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery" to give high school students in the 16th District an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents. Students living in the 16th District attending high school are encouraged to enter the Competition for a chance to have their piece exhibited at our Nation's Capital for an entire year! In addition, the highest scored pieces will be showcased in the Congressman's Fresno and Merced District Offices for an entire year as well.
Since 1982, An Artistic Discovery has honored the creative talents of thousands of high school students across the nation. Local competitions are voluntarily hosted by Members of Congress in their home districts. In June, the winning artwork is sent to Washington, where it hangs in the Cannon Tunnel to be viewed by the millions of visitors to the Capitol each year. Winners are also invited to the Capitol for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Congressional reception.
Past Winners of Rep. Costa's Congressional Art Competition:
Thalia Garcia, Madera High School, Title of Work: “Head in the Clouds”, Medium: Pastel
Emilie Haskell, Edison High School, Title of Work: “A backlit girl meditating.”, Medium: Acrylic on Masonite Board
Daniela Ornelas, Merced Union High School, Title of Work: “Ironman”, Medium: Colored Pencil/Graphite Pencil
Rigoberto Santiago, Mountain Vista High School, Title of Work: “The Marine”, Medium: Pencil
Isabel Mendoza, Merced Union High School, Title of Work: “Pressing On”
Nikky Hang, Title of Work: “California’s Bloom”
Elizabeth Palafox, Merced Union High School, Title of Work: “Valley Girl”, Medium: Chalk Pastel
Elizabeth Zamudio, Selma High School, Title of Work: “The Light in the Distance”, Medium: Painting
Adam Silva, Hallmark Charter School, Title of Work: "Luna & Night Sky", Medium: Painting
James Torres, Hallmark Charter School, Title of Work: "Impressions of the San Joaquin Valley", Medium: Painting
Johnny Reyes, Hanford West High School, Title of Work: "Thinking of You", Medium: Pencil
Our 2007 winner was Saranpreet "Sunny" Nagra of Selma High School. Title of Piece: "Time Flies" Medium: Digital Photography
"2007 Art Competition Winner Saranpreet "Sunny" Nagra poses with his family and Congressman Costa during his visit to Washington D.C. for the Competition's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony"
2007 Judge's Choice for Fresno County
Gabriella Ramirez , Sanger High School, Title of Piece: "Daisy Mirror" Medium: Digital Photography
2007 Judge's Choice for Kern County
Ana Martinez, Arvin High School, Title of Piece "Untitled" Medium: Photography
2007 Judge's Choice for Kings County
Jessica Palmer, Lemmore High School, Title of Piece: "La Danse" Medium: Photography
2006 Overall Competition Winner
Jessica Palmer, Lemoore High School, Title of Piece: "End of the Trail" Medium: Photography
2006 Judge's Choice for Fresno County
Jasvinder Singh, Selma High School, Title of Piece: "Lonely Shadow" Medium: Photography
2006 Judge's Choice for Kern County
Manuel Castañeda, West High School, Title of Piece: "Untitled" Medium: Photography
2006 Judge's Choice for Kings County
Ross Clagg, Lemoore High School, Title of Piece "A Natural Gift/The Breaking of Winter's Curse/With Spring's Lovely Green" Medium: Photography