Art Competition | Representative Jay Obernolte
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Art Competition

1st place: "Cultural Swirl"

2nd place: "Spilling Marbles"

3rd place: "Self Portrait"

Congratulations to the three winners of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Sheilly  of Hesperia was chosen as best in show for this year’s competition for her portrait “Cultural Swirl” reflecting the mixture of Native and American cultures shown through color, clothing, and integration of hairstyles. Her portrait will represent California’s 8th District in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Danitzha, also from Hesperia, came in second place for the competition, and her drawing will be displayed in my Washington, D.C. office. Kaitlin of Phelan rounded out our winners this year and her artwork will be on display in my Hesperia office. Congratulations to these talented young artists! I look forward to next year’s competition.

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

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in California’s 8th Congressional District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in a special exhibit with winning artwork from across the country in the U.S. Capitol. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page. Second and third place submissions will be displayed in our D.C. office and District office, respectively. Our office will also host a Peoples’ Choice Competition on social media for constituents to vote on their favorite artwork.

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

Details for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition will be announced in early spring.

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).

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