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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 Nonnewaug 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.

My office is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition from high school students who live or attend school in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.

How to Participate:

1. Check to see if you live in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District here. Make sure that your artwork complies with the 2017 Rules and Regulations.
2. Complete the 2017 Student Release Form. Art will not be displayed without a completed release form.
3. Participants must physically deliver artwork and Student Release Forms to the Mattatuck Museum located on 144 West Main Street in Waterbury starting Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM until Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches long, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep including the frame.

The following are accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork:

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

5th District Congressional Art Competition Reception

I will be announcing this year’s winner and recognize all participants and their families on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. All students who would like to be considered for selection as a competition winner should be present at the event.

The winner will receive:

•    Year-long exhibition of their artwork in the U.S. Capitol.
•    Complimentary airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the reception and installation of the winning entries from congressional districts throughout the country.
•    A chance to win a scholarship to one of our nation’s top art schools.
The first and second runners-up will have their artwork displayed in my Washington, DC and New Britain Office. Honorary Mention will be hung at the Mattatuck Museum. 

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