Congressman DeSaulnier Announces Campolindo High School Freshman as Congressional Art Competition Winner

June 1, 2018
Press Release

Caption: Congressman DeSaulnier with the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California's 11th Congressional District winning artwork by Mindy Lou of Camplindo High School. 

Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that Campolindo High School freshman, Mindy Lou, is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District. Her acrylic painting entitled “Love and Pride” has arrived in Washington, DC and will be displayed in the United States Capitol. The Congressional Art Competition is a juried art show open to all high school students who are residents of California’s 11th Congressional District.

“Congratulations to our 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner, Mindy Lou of Campolindo High School, for her moving piece ‘Love and Pride.’ I look forward to seeing it displayed in the U.S. Capitol, and hope that its message of inclusion and acceptance resonates with all who view it—Members and visitors alike,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “I also applaud each of the students who participated and shared their talent, ingenuity, and creativity.”

The runners-up were Asal Bastani’s piece entitled “Sombol” from Concord High School and Amari Zhang’s piece entitled “Better with Jazz” from Campolindo High School. 

In total, 42 works of art were submitted from seven different high schools throughout California’s 11th Congressional District. The awards ceremony was held at Congressman DeSaulnier’s Walnut Creek district office and the winning pieces were selected by the following judges:

  • Michelle Krup, DVC Art and Photography Department Instructor
  • Rebecca Talley, Adjunct Professor Fine Arts & Graphic Communications
  • John Finger, Finger Art & Design, Artist and Gallery Owner

The winning piece from the 11th Congressional District, along with winning artwork from all 50 states, will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for the next year. This summer, the winner and a guest are invited to Washington, DC for a national reception honoring winners from across the country. Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students from around the nation have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has allowed Members of Congress to acknowledge the artistic talents of their young constituents.