Their artwork will hang in Congressman Suozzi’s Washington, DC, Huntington, and Queens offices.
Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) announced the winner and runners-up of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, a nation-wide high school art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute. The annual competition was open to all high school students living in New York's Third Congressional District. The theme for this year’s competition was: “Hope is a Beautiful Thing: How the beauty of our home, in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, gave you hope to get through the past year.”
“The Third Congressional District is ripe with not only some of the smartest students in the country, but some of the most talented as well,” said Suozzi. “Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants. You are our future, keep expressing yourselves. A special thank you to the parents and art educators for encouraging and supporting these talented students.”
The winner of the 2021 Congressional Arts Competition was Devon Jin of Jericho High School. Her oil pastels and markers composition, “Significance of Small Things,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year along with winners from congressional districts across the country.
The runners-up are Emma Martensen of Northport High School (“Long Island Sound Comes Back to Life”), Cailin Hoang of Hicksville High School (“Peace of Mind”), and Aleena Abraham (“Tenderness”), also of Hicksville High School. Their artwork will hang in Congressman Suozzi’s Washington, DC, Huntington, and Queens offices.
The winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges and announced at a virtual reception with Congressman Suozzi on Wednesday, May 12. The judges for the 2021 Congressional Arts Competition were Kristina Schaaf, Director of Visitor Experience at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Kieran Johnson, Director of Community Partnerships and Development at the Huntington Arts Council, and Emily Eisen, a local artist and a 34-year art educator in the Hicksville School District.
Congressman Suozzi, a strong supporter of the arts, serves as the Chairman of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, and included artwork as part of the historic renovations of the Glen Cove City Hall and the Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative buildings. In addition, he commissioned a painting by American artist, Mort Künstler, known for his illustrative paintings of historical events, depicting George Washington’s 1776 Crossing of the Delaware River. The painting was on display at Mount Vernon.