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Reed Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner

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Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019 | comments

Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition is Ashlyn Schuman. Ms. Schuman, a senior at Allegany-Limestone High School, crafted the oil painting “Sunflower.”

“Enhancing participation and continuing the competition is something we care about preserving for future generations,” Tom said. “We are proud to have Ashlyn’s artwork featured in Washington.”

Ashlyn and her parents will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. for a reception on June 24th with all winners of the Congressional Art Competition.

Ms. Schuman’s artwork will be on display in the United States Capitol for one year in the Cannon Tunnel.

Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage talent. Students submit their entries to their individual Representative’s office, where a panel of local artists then select the winners. The competition was judged locally by Elmira College art professors, Jan Kather and Aaron Kather. Also participating in the judging were two Elmira College students, Callie Lundin and Keion Safargar.

“We saw some of the tremendous talent of the young artists from our district,” Tom added. “Our congratulations go out to all of the winners and we thank every participant who made this year’s competition a success.”

The following students were selected as finalists and their artwork will be on display in Tom's Washington office for one year.

Runner up:

  • Jessica Ritchie, (12th grade) from Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School entitled “Lake Sonoma”.


  • Naomi Cator-Szymanski, (10th grade) from Dryden High School entitled “Ashleigh”.
  • Tristan Shell, (10th grade) from Mynderse Academy entitled “Self-portrait of an Artist”.
  • David Shull, (12th grade) from Pine Valley Jr/Sr High School entitled “Supplies”.
  • Joanne Kim, (12th grade) from Horseheads High School entitled “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk”.
For additional information on the contest, or to participate in the 2020 contest, please visit
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