Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winners

May 6, 2019
Press Release
“Congratulations to Sarah Murillo and all the young El Paso artists who submitted their artwork for this competition,” said Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. “The talent and creativity of all their pieces is a reflection of what our wonderful city has to offer. I look forward to welcoming Sarah to our nation’s capitol building, where her artwork will be displayed for thousands of visitors to see.”

(El Paso, TX) – Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) made a surprise visit to Bel Air High School to announce the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

The winning painting was Mi Abuelita by Sarah Murillo, a Senior at Bel Air High School. Sarah will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C., where she will join hundreds of high school artists nationwide to see their artwork displayed in the U.S Capitol for one year.

“Congratulations to Sarah Murillo and all the young El Paso artists who submitted their artwork for this competition,” said Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. “The talent and creativity of all their pieces is a reflection of what our wonderful city has to offer. I look forward to welcoming Sarah to our nation’s capitol building, where her artwork will be displayed for thousands of visitors to see.”

“The Congressional Art Competition provides El Paso students a great opportunity on a local and a national level,” said Art Teacher Mr. Ramiro Ordoñez. “I would like to thank Congresswoman Escobar for continuing this tradition and for providing our young artists with this venue that allows them to showcase their talents.”

Students from 17 high schools within Texas’ 16th Congressional District submitted 110 pieces of art for this year’s competition. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Congresswoman Escobar’s visit to Bel Air High School follows her first annual Congressional Art Competition Showcase, which took place this past Saturday and included the performance of El Paso High School Band students lead by Mr. Ricky Vilardell, the Sprezzatura Early Music Ensemble, and the Ricky Vilardell and Michael Guzman Jazz Duo.

Below are the results of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition:

1st Place: Sarah Murillo, Mi Abuelita | Bel Air High School
2nd Place: Matthew Acosta, Miel Noir | Parkland High School
3rd Place: Anthony Williams, Boy in the Yellow | Parkland High School

Honorable Mentions:
Melinna Andrade, Torta de Beans | Valle Verde Early College High School
Tyler Anne Ramirez, Anaiz and Amy | Parkland High School
Paola Del Valle, Taste of Home | Hanks High School
Mireya Dominguez, Nana | Eastwood High School
Frank N. Coronado, El Paso | Bel Air High School
Romelo Rosario, As We Pass | Chapin High School
Danielle Waters, Emergence | Bel Air High School

Pictures from the Congressional Art Competition Annual Showcase and Congresswoman Escobar’s visit to Bel Air High School are available here.

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