2021 Congressional Art Competition brings the talent!

On August 4, The Community House had the honor of hosting Congressman Sean Casten’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition entitled “An Artistic Discovery”. 

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. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The Community House had the distinct honor of hosting the Illinois 6th District’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition on the South Patio on August 4. Works of art from 18 students were on display and a panel of judges, including Niema Qureshi, Beth Trebelhorn and Todd Treleven had the difficult job of naming a winner.

Each artist was recognized for their outstanding work and the top prize went to The Plague Doctor by Madeline Pearson. 

The evening itself was a work of art, with  live art demonstrations from Figurative Artist, David Marcet and Gabrielle Tufano and a live performance by the band Finding Time and with special guest keyboard player, Congressman Sean Casten! 

2021 Congressional Art Competition (IL 6th District) Winner, Madeline Pearson – “The Plague Doctor”