The Congressional Art Competition is a decades long tradition in Congress meant to encourage and recognize the rich talent of young artists throughout the 28th District. Every year, Congressman Schiff invites each high school in the 28th Congressional District to submit three entries representing their school. A blue-ribbon selection committee will then review all the entries from the 28th Congressional District to determine first, second and third place winners. In addition, there is a “People’s Choice” award, which is decided through an online vote.
The first place winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, the piece awarded second place will hang in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. Office for one year, and the piece awarded third place will hang in his Burbank District Office for one year. The “People’s Choice” winner’s artwork will be displayed in Rep. Schiff’s Hollywood District Office.
The winner of this year's 28th Congressional Art Competition was Austin White for his pastel and acrylic painting entitled “Ayden.” He attends Crescenta Valley High School, lives in La Crescenta and is in the 12th grade – his artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
Second place was awarded to Shakeh Aslanyan, who attends Clark Magnet High School, is in the 12th grade and is from Glendale, for her oil painting titled “As I Am.” Ms. Aslanyan’s artwork will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Washington, DC office for one year.
Third place was awarded to Annabel Lawton Boardman, who attends L.A. County High School for the Arts, lives in Los Feliz and is in the 10th grade, for her linocut print titled “Good Kid Moon Man.” Her artwork will hang in Schiff’s Burbank District Office for one year.
And the “People’s Choice” award went to Michael Tufenkian from Glendale, who attends Maranatha High School, is in the 11th grade, for his photograph titled “6th Street Bridge Los Angeles.” The “People’s Choice” winner’s artwork will be displayed in Schiff’s Hollywood District Office.