March 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON  - On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) hosted his congressional district’s seventh-annual reception for the Congressional Art Competition virtually. Students from 21 different high schools submitted 154 pieces of art for this year’s competition. These submissions included 75 photographs, 24 paintings, 25 drawings, 15 mixed-media pieces, and 15 other pieces that included computer-generated art. The winner, Ethan Azari from Palisades Charter High School, submitted a piece called The Persistence of Love. 

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who either reside in or attend school in California’s 33rd District. The first-place winner’s art will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with winners from Congressional districts across the country. The winner will receive a trip to Washington D.C. in June to be recognized at an awards ceremony if safety permits. The second and third place winners will have their art displayed for one year in the Congressman’s D.C. and District offices.  First, second, and third place winners, as well as honorable mentions, received scholarships. All student participants received certificates. 

“Each year I am always blown away by the talent and creativity that is displayed in the students’ artwork; this year was no exception.” Rep. Lieu said. “I am always excited to see the great talent of the students in the 33rd district. Walking by the Congressional Art Competition exhibit in the U.S. Capitol brings joy to my day. I am excited to see Ethan’s artwork hanging in the exhibit representing our district.”

Below are the results of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition: 

Overall Winners:

  • 1st Place: Ethan Azari, “The Persistence of Love” | Grade 11, Palisades Charter High School

first place

  • 2nd Place: Salome Beridze, “Mind Game” | Grade 11, Beverly Hills High School

second place

  • 3rd Place: Tierney Smith, “The Other Side” | Grade 11, Palisades Charter High School

third place

Honorable Mentions:

  • Photography: Lucea Wright, “The Bird with No Wings” | Grade 11, Marlborough School
  • Painting: Gayoung Kim, “Self-Portrait” | Grade 11, West High School
  • Drawing: Josephine Cosmosse, “Reflections” | Grade 12, Beverly Hills High School
  • Mixed Media: Caitlyn Kono, “Eddy” | Grade 9, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
  • Other: Sophia Almer, “dotted…” | Grade 12, Redondo Union High School

Member's Choice:

  • Emily Hattenbach, “City of Angels” | Grade 9, Marlborough School