Every spring since 1982, members of the United States House of Representatives have sponsored a high school arts competition in their respective districts to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide competition.
Each member of the Alabama delegation held a competition in their respective districts this spring to determine a winner. The winning artwork from each district will be displayed prominently in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year, and the artist will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony.
Here are Alabama’s student winners for 2018:
St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Ala. | Senior
“Each year, the Congressional Art Competition gives us an opportunity to showcase the outstanding talent of the student artists from Southwest Alabama. I am always impressed with the caliber of skill our young students display, and this year’s winner is no exception,” said Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne. “I especially want to congratulate Katie Albrecht on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. As I walk through the Capitol each day, I look forward to seeing her artwork proudly representing Alabama.”
Saint James School | Junior
“Silly” was created using linoleum prints with varying values of ink.
“We have so many talented students throughout our district, and I am thrilled to congratulate Christine for this outstanding achievement,” Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby said. “The annual Congressional Art Competition celebrates the importance of art and provides a great opportunity for students in our community to showcase their talents. I am pleased to join Christine’s family and friends in recognizing this fantastic honor, and I look forward to seeing her work displayed in the United States Capitol.”
Smiths Station High School | Junior
“Russ,” which was created from torn paper.
Guntersville High School
Brewer High School | Junior
“Child of Africa” using graphite
Hoover High School
“Brother” — is a portrait of her brother with a map overlay drawing in graphite.
“Each year I am impressed by the creative talents of the young people in Alabama’s Sixth District,” said Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer. “I would like to congratulate Grace Varner on winning the competition this year and I look forward to seeing her in DC this June for the National Art Reception.”
Aliceville High School | Senior
“This year we had an amazing group of students participate in our Annual Congressional Art Competition including, honorable mention recipients, Zavian Dulaney and Yessenia Garcia, from Jefferson Davis High School, as well as, second place winner Rasyln Greene of Hale County College & Career Academy,” Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell said. “These students did an incredible job of capturing the theme of the 2018 competition, ‘An Artistic Discovery: Communities of the Seventh Congressional District.’ Their pieces embodied the spirit of the voting rights struggle across our nation. Opportunities like the art competition are critically important to the encouragement and betterment of our talented young people. I am truly proud of all of our aspiring artists that submitted entries.”