Congressional art contest winners celebrated


On Saturday, May 20, Artspace, with gallery leader Tracy Todd Hunter, hosted the submitted artwork for congressman Andrew Garbarino’s (R-NY-2nd District) art competition for the Second Congressional District.

As part of a larger nationwide competition, The Artistic Discovery Contest, high school students in grades 9 through 12 from the entire Second Congressional District were eligible to submit their work. 

“Local artists served as judges, who decided on a winner from a plethora of incredible artwork from a very skilled and talented pool of high school artists,” Hunter said. With so many distinctive and high-skill pieces, Hunter said of the judging, “The feat was not easy.”

The exhibition included mixed media, colored pencil, digital photography, acrylic paintings and graphite.

This is the ninth year that Artspace has hosted the contest, and Hunter said, “We have been honored to adjudicate this contest, and each year the quality of the work is amazing.”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.

Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

While there is no set theme required for submissions, students’ artwork should reflect the interests of the artist or a topic about which they are passionate. 

The winning artwork of the Second District’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building, and the student will be invited to the luncheon in Washington, D.C., in June.

The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.

The winner for the 2023 competition was Sierra Calderero, Cotton Candy Skies, Lindenhurst High School.

Winner will get to go to Washington DC and art work will be displayed in US Capital.


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