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Wexton Hosts Virtual Reception for Congressional Art Competition Participants, Announces Judges’ Favorite

Sterling, VA -- Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a virtual reception over Facebook Live to celebrate high school students in Virginia’s 10th District who participated in the Congressional Art Competition.

This annual nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and hosted by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It serves as an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent. The piece chosen to represent Virginia-10 will join the winning artwork from all participating districts from across the country and be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol as well as featured on’s Congressional Art Competition page. The complete rules for the contest can be found on Congresswoman Wexton’s website.

"I am blown away by the incredible talent of these Virginia-10 students and the impressive artwork that each of them has created as part of our annual Congressional Art Competition,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “I want to thank our judges, and the parents and teachers who have supported these students, especially as many were forced to make adjustments and complete their pieces from home. Congratulations to all of our participants, and especially to Kaitlyn Song, whose painting was chosen as Judges’ Favorite and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol."

A panel of distinguished judges considered the more than 90 submissions, including paintings, drawings, photographs, computer designs, and more, and announced their selections for winner, runners up, and honorable mentions.

This year’s panel selected Kaitlyn Song’s painting, “TIME: Jokes on you, we can read too” as the piece that will represent Virginia-10 and be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Additionally, David Raw’s painting, “Chains” and Zara Rizvi’s mixed media piece, “Perfection is in The Imperfection,” were selected as 1st and 2nd Runner Up, respectively, and will be displayed in Congresswoman Wexton’s district and D.C. offices. 

The full virtual gallery of the submissions can be found here.

You can watch the full video of the reception here.