Rep. Zeldin Announces NY-1 Winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Announces NY-1 Winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition

April 18, 2019
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) hosted his fifth annual art reception at Artspace in Patchogue, during which he announced Gillian Zarate of Longwood High School as the 2019 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District. In attendance at the event were the twelve finalists, their art teachers and families, Artspace curator Tracy Todd Hunter, and local artists who served as judges.

The House of Representatives hosts a nationwide high school art competition every spring to raise awareness of the importance of art programs in our schools, and to recognize and celebrate the creativity and diversity of students.

Gillian’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. The winner and a guest also receive a flight to Washington, D.C. to see her artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol courtesy of Southwest Airlines and a $3,000 scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design and Tennessee Wesleyan College should Gillian choose to continue her art career at one of these institutions.

The third place winner Yusra Rashidzada of Shoreham Wading River High School and second place winner Cynthia Lin of Southampton High School will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Zeldin’s Patchogue office.   

The twelve finalists are as follows:

First Place - Gillian Zarate, Longwood High School

Second Place - Cynthia Lin, Southampton High School

Third Place - Yusra Rashidzada, Shoreham Wading River High School

Annalise Mendelman, East Hampton High School

Emma Smith-Molesso, Center Moriches High School

Madison Hawkesworth, Southampton High School

Robert Iannaccone, Eastport South Manor High School

Jennifer Kohovich, Longwood High School

Andy Ngo, East Hampton High School

Alex Salducco, Patchogue-Medford High School

Emma Rocchetta, Eastport South Manor High School

Jennifer Villacis Zeas, East Hampton High School

Congressman Zeldin said, “Congratulations to Gillian Zarate, the artist of ‘Je Reve de la Plage,’ and the first place winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District. Each and every piece submitted by these young artists from across our district were enlightening and inspiring, which made this year’s competition especially challenging. It was an honor to host a reception to recognize these students and their talent, creativity and enthusiasm, and I look forward to welcoming Gillian and her family to Washington, D.C. to view her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.”