Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. This 2021 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by Congressman Gallagher, provides an opportunity for students to display their work in a professional gallery setting and to participate in a juried art exhibition. The Trout Museum of Art is proud to feature artwork created in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District.

Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide. All 50 states and nine U.S. territories participate in the competition. The winning works from each district are displayed for one year in the U.S. capitol.

Congratulations to the 2021 Award Winners
1st Place | Edwin Ruvalcaba, Magic Crab
2nd Place | Eleanora Dane, Creativity
3rd Place | Taylor Morgan, Winter in Utah
Honorable Mention | Alana Welch, Gentle Giant
Honorable Mention | Megan Kleinheinz, Megan
Honorable Mention | Serena Scott, Depending on Scale


Megan Kleinheinz | Megan | Honorable Mention

I thought that this picture was a great subject for my graphite medium because of the many values throughout the entire piece, especially in the hair, but most importantly, I thought that my eyes told a story.


Lucy Kenevan | Mask

This photo was inspired by COVID and mask mandates and the challenges faced by so many people worldwide.


Lila Newton | Lifting Off

My goals for this piece was to really try and accomplish the drama of realism while still keeping the whimsical, carefree feeling of butterflies.


Hannah Brown | Temporary View

The limestone formation of Arch Rock on Mackinac Island is a beautiful sight formed by glaciers, but it isn’t going to stand for much longer.


Esther Anderle | Chaos In Paradise

I created “Chaos In Paradise'' to push myself out of my comfort zone and accept that perfection isn’t always possible, the piece reflects on how even in paradise there is chaos.


Kaylee Wiegele | Trapped

I was sitting in my room, trying to brainstorm an idea for my art project, when I looked out the window and started thinking of how trapped or isolated I felt ever since the pandemic started.


Ela Jones | Beloved

With my sister being both the model and inspiration for this piece,  I wanted to create a piece of work that captured her essence.


Amy Vue | Twirl

The beautiful Hmong clothes inspired me to capture its movement and vibrant colors in the flower field.