Brilliant sunshine streamed through the YU Contemporary Gallery as Congressman Blumenauer hosted a reception honoring local high school students for the annual Congressional Art Competition. 112 students from seven schools in the Third Congressional District participated in this year’s competition; more than twice the number of submissions received from last year.  

First launched in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is an annual event in every congressional district involving hundreds of thousands of high school students. The first place winner from each Congressional District receives two round trip tickets to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines to attend a June reception where their artwork will be hung in the United States Capitol.

Judging the competition this year were Patrick Forster, and Sara Kaltwasser from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Participating schools included David Douglas High School, Grant High School, Wilson High School, Pacific Crest Community School, Reynolds High School, and St. Mary's Academy, and Portland Christian School.

Now conducting his 17th Competition in the 3rd District, Congressman Blumenauer honored each participant by featuring their artwork in a local gallery. The YU Gallery, which previously served as an abandoned laundry factory from the early 20th century, was kind enough to donate their space for the reception.

“We’re fortunate to have such talent clustered into one beautiful room,” Blumenauer said. “Your work is a testament to continued, robust support for the arts.”

Earning first place this year was Madeleine Levin from Grant High School with her piece “Chloe.” She will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington DC and will have her piece hung in the Capitol. Earning second place was Pablo Iniguez from David Douglas High School with his piece “Me Too Man.” Eleanor Neal from Grant High School earned third place with her piece “Madeline.”

Congratulations to all participants.  Keep an eye out for next year’s Competition!


Students, parents, and friends review all the Congressional Art Competiton submissions


Congressman Blumenauer speaks with a father and daughter


Congressman Blumenauer presents the winners


Madeleine Levin from Grant High School with her piece “Chloe.”

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