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McCarthy Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition

May 5, 2016
Press Release

Bakersfield, CA – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the winners of the 35th Annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students in our community. Winners and participants will be honored at a reception on Friday, May 6th at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield from 6:30-7:30 PM.


“Our community is filled with creative minds that showcase their artistic talent every year in the Congressional Art Competition. It is always such an exciting opportunity to honor the artists, their work, and the stories behind their work every year. Every participant should be proud their work. And as Members of Congress and visitors walk to the Capitol in DC, Ethan’s work will surely be the best one showcased.” McCarthy said.


The overall winner is Ethan Petty, 12th grade, who is a student at Bakersfield High School. Under the direction of his art teacher, Vicki Smart, Ethan created his piece, “Internal Contrast,” using acrylic paint on canvas. Ethan’s piece is attached to this release.


Ethan will be invited to attend the exhibit opening of “An Artistic Discovery” in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 23, 2016. His artwork will be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for a period of one year.  As the overall winner, he will also receive two round-trip tickets to the exhibit opening, as well as a cash award to be presented at the district reception.


Awards will also be presented to those students who placed First, Second, Third and received Honorable Mention in the following three categories: All Other Medium, Photography, and Computer Art.  In addition, all winners will have the option of displaying their artwork in the McCarthy’s Washington office for one year.


Below are listed all other winners:


All Other Medium Category:

1st Place- Rachel Phelps, Alicia’s Art School, Lancaster, Graphite- “Maggie”

2nd Place- Vincent Alcorta, West High School, Bakersfield, Graphite- “J. Cole”     

3rd Place- Silvestre Mendoza, Independence High School, Bakersfield, Colored Pencil- “LION!”

Photography Category:

1st Place- Emerson Eoff, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, Photo- “Kudoclasm”

2nd Place- Zeriyn Araneta, West High School, Bakersfield, Photo-“The Golden Hour”

3rd Place- Jorge Zuniga, West High School, Bakersfield, Photo- “Free Flag”

Honorable Mention- Andrew Acres, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, Photo- “Untitled”

Computer Generated Art Category:

1st Place- Robert Russ, Bakersfield High School, Computer Art-“Highest Breath”

2nd Place- Andy Monzon, Independence High School, Bakersfield, Computer Art- “Yuna”

3rd Place- Alexandra Apatiga, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, Computer Art- “Tranquility”


Congressman McCarthy received 255 entries from 15 schools in the 23rd Congressional District this year, which includes parts of Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles Counties.