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Art Competition



Top 3 Finalists

  • 1ST PLACE: Sierra Vista High School – Rafael Mondragon “Awaiting a Home” 
    • Teacher: Marty Wolin
  • 2ND PLACE: Gladstone High School – Manuel Cervantes “Dolan’s Origin”
    • Teacher: Teri Perdomo
  • 3RD PLACE: South El Monte High School – Samantha Gowin “Look Homeward, Into the Unknown”
    • Teacher: Maria Dávila

Judge’s Choice Awards

  • Baldwin Park High School – Cassandra Avelar “The Reflection of Beauty”
    • Teacher: LeAnn Blume 
  • Gladstone High School – Samantha Garcia “Narcissus”
    • Teacher: Teri Perdomo
  • Maranatha High School – Sihan Zhao “Life’s Reflection”                                
    • Teacher: Diane Barnhart 

Honorable Mention Awards

  • Bonita High School – Robert Perez “Untitled”
    • Teacher: Brian Harrison
  • Bonita High School – Ariel Wang “Fantasy of the Natural”
    • Teacher: Brian Harrison
  • Gladstone High School - Johnny Quijada “The Black Panther”
    • Teacher: Teri Perdomo
  • Northview High School – Stephanie Franco “His Own Company” 
    • Teacher: Christopher Grinnell
  • Northview High School – Fatima Hernandez “Celestial Heavens”
    • Teacher: Christopher Grinnell 
  • Sierra Vista High School – Nayelic Mejia “The Art of Color Guard”
    • Teacher: Charlotte Nelson



Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.

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