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