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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Art Competition




Rep. Esty with Molly Humphreys, Shannon Rupar, and Charit Chaributa, winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Not pictured: 2nd place winner Benjamin Eckstein


Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of students across the country. This year, high school students across Central and Northwest Connecticut submitted over 100 works of art.

The winner of the 2017 competition was Shannon Rupar, a sophomore student at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, for her watercolor painting, "Farmer’s Market.” Her painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winning pieces from all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  Rupar will also have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., for the national reception in June.

Benjamin Eckstein, a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, won second prize for his photograph, “Small World”. His work will hang in Esty’s Washington, D.C. office.

Charit Charitabuta, a sophomore student at Wilby High School in Waterbury, won third prize for his reduction cut print, “Mahapaksa (The Great Bird).” His painting will hang in Esty’s New Britain office.

Molly Humphreys, a senior student at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, received Honorable Mention for her piece, “Stage-Lights in a New Light,” a charcoal piece on paper.  Her piece will remain on display at the Mattatuck Museum. Molly was the 2016 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition winner.

Top: “Farmer’s Market” by Shannon Rupar
Bottom: Left “Small World” by Benjamin Eckstein, Middle: “Mahapaksa” by Charit Charitabuta, Right: “Stage-Lights in a New Light” by Molly Humphreys