U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) announced the top finishers of District 15’s sixth annual Congressional Art Competition at a reception earlier this month at the Dublin Civic Center, with a San Ramon high-schooler taking home the top prize.
High school students from throughout Swalwell's East Bay district submitted 60 paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and other works of art, to be judged by a panel of regional artists and business owners.
San Ramon’s own Zoe Medlin, a sophomore from California High School, took home first prize for her oil painting entitled “Look me in the Face.” Medlin described her work as depicting “a young woman, seated, with a bag over her head, who represents the countless unknown women of the world waiting to be seen and heard.”
Her work will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year with other winners from across the country, and she will also receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C. where she will attend the unveiling ceremony.
Jennifer Liu, a junior from Dublin High School, earned second place for her oil painting entitled “Companion,” which depicts a disheveled looking man feeding his dog.
Third-place finalist Shangxi Wu, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, placed with his pastel painting, “Old Man in Costume.” Liu and Wu will have their work displayed in Swalwell’s district office in the Castro Valley.
“Every year, I’m dazzled by the amazing talent displayed by the 15th District students who enter our Congressional Art Competition, and this year is no different,” Swalwell said. “This district is home to dozens of young artists of fantastic ability and vision. I’m humbled to be able to share the top winners’ work with our district and the nation.”
Last year’s winner, Zhiyi Tang, was a Pleasanton resident who went to school at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin. He won with his pencil drawing, “Chinatown.”
The Congressional Art Competition has been recognizing young artists since 1982. The competition was originally started as an attempt to not only recognize but also encourage the artistic talents of Representatives young constituents. In its 36 years of existence, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.