Rep. Salud Carbajal Congratulates Winners of 2019 Congressional Art Competition

Painting by Olivia Dong will hang in U.S. Capitol for a year

Rep. Salud Carbajal with 2019 Congressional Art Competition artists.Click to view larger

Rep. Salud Carbajal with 2019 Congressional Art Competition artists. (Courtesy photo)

By Tess Whittlesey for Rep. Salud Carbajal | May 7, 2019 | 9:25 a.m.

Olivia Dong of San Luis Obispo High School was awarded first place in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, Congressman Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, has announced. Dong’s winning piece, A Portrait of Youth, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.

Other winners are Jasmine Wada of Dos Pueblos High School, second place for her painting called Untitled; and Saige Glenn of Righetti High School, third place for his piece Underneath We Are All The Same. Fourth place went to Philippe Ricard, also of Righetti High, for his work Self-Made Man.

The People’s Choice award, voted on by Central Coast residents, was awarded to Grace Schlereth, of Earnest Righetti High School, for her work Growing Community on the Central Coast.

“I’d like to congratulate Olivia and all of our creative high school artists who submitted their work for this year’s competition,” said Carbajal. “Putting yourself and your art out in public isn’t easy, so I thank each of them for sharing their talents with us.

“I look forward to finding inspiration from these works of art in our offices and every time I walk to the U.S. Capitol to vote.”

Students from across California’s 24th Congressional District were encouraged to participate in the annual competition. A total of 123 entries were submitted from Central Coast high schools.

The winning artwork was hand-selected by an independent panel of distinguished local artists in Santa Maria. The People’s Choice winner was based on Facebook photo likes.

Dong will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to view her artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol and attend a ceremony for Congressional Art Competition winners across the country.

The second-, third- and fourth-place, and People’s Choice pieces will be displayed in Carbajal’s Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria offices.

Honorable mentions:
Coach Stehmeier — Camille Cooper Hubah
Lesson — Blaine Hundt
Take Life From Death — Olivia Dong
Portrait of a Girl — Lucian Cravens
Intertwined — Eliana Bohm
Our Struggle Towards Educational Freedom — Javier Hernandez
Veil — Alexa Viella
Serenity — Brenda Bella Stross

The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 as a way to encourage the creative talents of high school students throughout the nation. Since the beginning of the competition, some 650,000 students have participated.

— Tess Whittlesey for Rep. Salud Carbajal.