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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Art Competition

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 2016 competition was Molly Humphreys, a student at Nonnewaig High School l in Woodbury, for her painting, "An Artist’s Reaction.” Her painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winning pieces from students of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  Humphreys will also have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., for the national reception in June.

Congratulations to the 2016 winner Molly Humphreys, for her painting, "An Artist’s Reaction."

Daniel Lee, a junior at Hotchkiss School in Salisbury, won second prize for his paper drawing, “A Slight Slant,” which was completed with pen and ink. His work will hang in Esty’s Washington, D.C. office.

Rep. Esty with Congressional Art Competition second place winner Daniel Lee (Salisbury) with his “A Slight Slant.”

Claudia Lin, of Avon, won third prize for her oil painting, “Breakfast in Kyoto.” Her painting will hang in Esty’s New Britain office.

Rep. Esty with Congressional Art Competition third place winner Claudia Lin (Avon) with her entry “An Artist’s Reaction.”

Delaney Romaniello, a senior at Nonnewaug High School in New Milford, received Honorable Mention for her piece, “Brunch,” an acrylic painting on board.  Her piece will remain on display at the Mattatuck Museum.

Rep. Esty with Congressional Art Competition Honorable Mention Delaney Romaniello (New Milford) with her entry “Brunch.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Questions? Please contact Xholina Nano in my office with any questions or concerns at (860) 223-8412 or