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Napolitano Announces Winners of 2020 Virtual High School Art Competition

June 12, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), announced the winners of the 2020 Virtual Art Competition for the 32nd Congressional District.

“On behalf of the entire 32nd District, I congratulate all of the winners of this year’s virtual art competition,” Napolitano said. “I also want to commend and thank all participants and the teachers and parents who supported them, encouraging them to compete remotely. All of our participants deserved to have their artwork showcased and to attend an awards ceremony at the Walker House in San Dimas, which was unfortunately not possible this year due to COVID-19. These circumstances, which are beyond any of our control, should take nothing away from their accomplishments. I congratulate all of our students, and I am very proud to have their artwork represent our district.”

Isabella Gallardo of Bishop Amat Memorial High School won first place with her painting, “Grandmother’s New Mexico Home.” For the next year, Gallardo’s work will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building alongside other winning pieces of art from across the country.

Napolitano’s office received 30 art pieces from 7 high schools throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including Baldwin Park High School, Bishop Amat Memorial High School, Bonita High School, Gladstone High School, Nogales High School, Northview High School, and Sierra High School.


Winners:

First Place: Isabella Gallardo, Bishop Amat Memorial High School. “Grandmother’s New Mexico Home”

Second Place: Eden Gonzalez, Gladstone High School. “Culture”

Third Place: Christopher Gonzalez-Ramirez, Gladstone High School. “Portrait of Father”

Judge’s Choice: Yahaira Garcia, Gladstone High School. “Carnival Lights”

Judges’ Choice: Emily Escobar, Northview High School. “The Gracious Ballet Folklorico Dancer”                         

Honorable Mention: Denise Castillo, Nogales High School. “Golf Wang”

Honorable Mention: Jennifer J. Sanchez Gutierrez, Gladstone High School. “Aspirations”

Honorable Mention: Isis-Kohle Jackson, Baldwin Park High School. “The Culture”


The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to give young artists an opportunity to display their talent on a local and potentially national level. First place winners are selected from each of the participating Congressional Districts, and their artwork is put on display for a year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. High school students interested in entering the contest next year should talk to their art teacher.


PHOTOS:

First, Second, and Third Place Winning Pieces can be viewed here.

A gallery of all art pieces digitally submitted can be viewed here.


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