Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Congressional Art Competition Winners Announced

May 12, 2017
Press Release
First Place Winner Is From Lakewood Ranch High School

SARASOTA – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced today the winners of the 2017 High School Congressional Art Competition, a district-wide showcase for young artists.

The first-place winner of the annual competition was Morgan Mulholland of Lakewood Ranch High School. 

“I’m impressed by the exceptional talent of every high schooler who submitted artwork for this year’s competition. It’s clear that students from the 16th Congressional District have an endless amount of creativity and skill,” Buchanan said. “Morgan’s art will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol and Ana’s art will be displayed in my Washington, D.C. office.”

Ringling Museum Associate Curator of Photography and Special Exhibitions Chris Jones, Chief Preparator and Artist Keith Crowley and Chief Graphic Designer and Artist Libby Bennett judged the entries from Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough counties. This year there were 39 students who participated in the contest. The winning entry, Mulholland’s “Maybelline,” will be showcased for one year in the highly traveled corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building. 

The Lakewood Ranch High School student will receive roundtrip airfare to Washington to attend the Congressional Reception in June.

For the second year in a row, the 16th Congressional District’s contest included a separate recognition – the “Facebook Fan Favorite” Award – awarded to the student whose artwork won the highest number of likes and shares combined on the Congressman’s Facebook page. Ana Tavares of Sarasota High School was this year’s Facebook Fan Favorite winner with her piece “Out of the Wood.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated.

The full list of winners include: 

  • First Place – Morgan Mulholland, “Maybelline,” watercolor, Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton.
  • Second Place – Kristyn Weaver, “Untitled,” photography, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton.
  • Third Place – Ginger Haggbloom, “Ignited,” digital photography, Newsome High School in Lithia.
  • The “Facebook Fan Favorite” Award – Ana Tavares, “Out of the Wood,” acrylic, Sarasota High School in Sarasota.

The second and third place winners’ art work, as well as the honorable mentions’ submissions, will remain on display in the Johnson-Blalock Education Center at the Ringling Museum until the fall of 2017.