Press Release

McHenry Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Judges selected one winner from Tenth District's record 39 entries

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Lily Reed and Zong Shia Yang as the winners of the Tenth District's 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Lily's work, "Donkey in Lights", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District. She is a junior at Gastonia's Gaston Day School where she studies art under teacher Holt Harris. 

Lily's artwork, seen below, will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. By winning the Tenth District's competition, she will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.  

Again this year, Congressman McHenry's office held a "People's Choice Competition" as part of the Art Competition. The winner of that contest was Zong Shia Yang's work "1976" which can be seen below. Zong is a senior at Maiden High School in Catawba County where she studies art under teacher Cheri Paysour. The "People's Choice Competition" winner was determined by which art work received the most "Likes" on Congressman McHenry's Facebook page.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability. This year’s theme was An Artistic Discovery.
“I would like to first thank each of the 39 Tenth District students who submitted pieces for this year's competition. The level of interest from Tenth District art students has grown every year but the number of submissions this year surpassed all previous records. Congratulations to Lily and Zong on being chosen as 2016's winners," said Congressman McHenry. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please click here.