Richmond Teen Becomes Eleventh District Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday night, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier announced the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Eleventh Congressional District High School Art Competition, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts senior Charles Alston of Richmond, whose winning piece consisted of an oil-based painting entitled “Self-Portrait.” The competition is a juried art show open to all high school students who are residents of the Eleventh Congressional District of California.

"I extend my congratulations for a job well done to all of the talented young artists who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition and take this opportunity to recognize the Grand Prize winner from the Eleventh District, Charles Alston, whose work I look forward to seeing showcased in the U.S. Capitol Building,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

At a reception hosted at Diablo Valley College (DVC), Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commissioner Dr. Darwin Marable, Saint Mary’s College of Moraga Art and Art History Professor Andrew Mount, and DVC Art and Photography Department Instructor Michelle Krup helped select the winning piece. The runners-up included Kelisha Abad with her piece entitled “Symmetry” and Jessica Perez with her piece entitled “War on Hunger.” Both contestants are students at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill and used digital photography for their pieces.  

The winning piece from the Eleventh Congressional District, along with winning artwork from all 50 states, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. Next month, the winner and a guest will visit Washington, DC for a national reception honoring winners from across the country to celebrate the opening of the Capitol Exhibition. 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.