Thompson Announces Overall Winner, Sonoma County Finalist for 2023 Congressional Art Competition from California’s Fourth District
Posted: May 13, 2023
St. Helena – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) announced that Katherine Dowling, a junior at Davis Senior High School, was chosen as the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition from California’s Fourth District. Catherine Li from Maria Carrillo High School was named as the Sonoma County finalist.
“Theater” by Katherine Dowling was selected as the grand prize winner by a panel of judges.
Rep. Thompson with Catherine Li, the Sonoma County finalist, and her submission “A Winter Afternoon”.
“The Congressional Art Competition is one of my favorite events as it showcases the incredible talent of students from throughout our district,” said Thompson. “Congratulations to Katherine Dowling on being named as this year’s winner from California’s Fourth District, and congratulations to Catherine Li for being named our Sonoma County finalist. The submissions we received this year represented the breadth of creativity from our students, and I am so impressed with their pieces. Thank you to our judges for their work to evaluate the art, and a big thank you to our student artists and their teachers. I look forward to seeing Katherine’s piece hang in the United States Capitol.”
The winning piece, “Theater”, is composed of acrylic paint on a canvas board.
The Sonoma County finalist piece, “A Winter Afternoon”, is composed of oil paint.
This year’s Congressional Art Competition judges for county finalists were:
- Jose Martinez, local artist with Mare Island Art Studios
- Milbert Mariano, Vice President for Academic Administration at Pacific Union College
- Susan Heeringa Pieper, Sonoma Art Escape
Each spring, the Congressional Art Competition is hosted by Members of Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in our 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.