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Thompson Announces Yolo County Finalist for Congressional Art Competition

May 14, 2024 04:49PM ● By Office of Rep. Mike Thompson News Release

The winning piece by Napa's Taylor Webster is entitled, "Forlorn," and is composed with charcoal pencil. Photo courtesy of the Office of Rep. Mike Thompson

YOLO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On May 5, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) announced that Taylor Webster of Napa County was chosen as California’s Fourth District winner of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. Luzangely Martin was named as the Yolo County Finalist.

“I always look forward to the Congressional Art Competition as it gives my colleagues, Capitol visitors, and me the opportunity to appreciate the incredible talents of our district’s high school artists,” said Thompson.

“Congratulations to Napa County's Taylor Webster on being named as this year’s winner from California’s Fourth District and congratulations to Luzangely Martin on being named as this year’s Yolo County finalist.

Yolo County Luzangely Martin

 Rep. Thompson with Yolo County finalist, Luzangely Martin (left). Photo courtesy of the Office of Rep. Mike Thompson

“Year after year, I am blown away by the skill and creativity of these young artists, and this year was no exception. Thank you to each of our student artists who submitted their work, to their families and teachers for providing mentorship, and to our judges for carefully evaluating the submissions. I look forward to seeing Ms. Webster's piece on display in the United States Capitol.”

This year’s Congressional Art Competition judges were Jose Martinez, art instructor and Mare Island Art Studios resident artist; Tara Thompson, Creative Sonoma executive director; and Maggie Morgan, University of California at Davis art and theater professor emeriti.

Each spring, members of Congress host the Congressional Art Competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across their districts and the nation. Since the Artistic Discovery Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

To enter, students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning artwork. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning works are displayed for one year in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

The complete list of artists recognized are Webster, Napa County, overall winner; Gavin DuBois, Lake County, finalist; Lilly Bertlin, Solano County, finalist; Ziqi Zheng, Sonoma County, finalist; and Martin, Yolo County, finalist.

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