March 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON  - On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) hosted his congressional district’s sixth-annual reception for the Congressional Art Competition at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Students from 15 different high schools submitted 273 pieces of art for this year’s competition. These submissions included 110 photographs, 66 paintings, 50 drawings, 28 mixed-media pieces, and 19 other pieces that included computer-generated art. The winner, Gina Park from Chadwick School, submitted a piece called Bursting Buds. 

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. 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 participation prizes. 

“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 Gina’s artwork hanging in the exhibit representing our district.”

Below are the results of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition: 

Overall Winners:

  • 1st Place: Gina Park, “Bursting Buds” | Grade 11, Chadwick School
  • 2nd Place: Ester Zunino Noellert, “Cleopatra” | Grade 10, Santa Monica High School
  • 3rd Place: Ellen Puterbaugh, “Wonder” | Grade 9, Redondo Union High School

Honorable Mentions:

  • Photography: Leila Nourmand, “Confusion” | Grade 12, Beverly Hills High School
  • Painting: Yucheng Che, “Midmorning Serenity” | Grade 12, Palisades Charter High School
  • Drawing: Emma Chai, “Microcosm” | Grade 12, West High School
  • Mixed Media: Josie Chang, “Submerged” | Grade 11, Chadwick School
  • Other: Teel Brooke Stevens, “1900s Los Angeles Homelessness” | Grade 12, Rolling Hills Preparatory School
  • Member’s Choice: Malia Siverts, “Eye Candy”, Redondo Union High School, Grade 10