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Rep. McCarthy Announces Winners of the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition

May 3, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the winners of the 38th Annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students in our congressional district. Winners and participants were acknowledged during a reception at the Metro Galleries in Bakersfield.

“The annual art competition is an exciting way to celebrate emerging artists and recognize creativity in our community. This year's entries were fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories behind the pieces - every participant displayed extraordinary work," said McCarthy. "A special congratulations to the winner, Octavian, whose photograph will be showcased at the U.S. Capitol where it will undoubtedly be one of the best. He has made our community very proud!"


Octavian Crofton, Overall Winner's - photograph titled "Lost in Grey." Photo couresy of John Harte.

The overall winner, Octavian Crofton, is a 12th grade student at Ridgeview High School. Under the guidance of his art teacher, Claire Miller, Octavian created his photography piece, “Lost in Grey.” 

Octavian has been invited to attend the exhibit opening of “An Artistic Discovery” in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 24, 2019. His artwork will be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year.  As the overall winner, he will also receive two round-trip tickets to the exhibit opening, as well as a cash award which was presented at the district reception.

Students who placed first, second, third or received honorable mention in all other medium, photography, and computer art categories, also received awards.

Congressman McCarthy received 134 entries from 16 schools in the 23rd Congressional District this year, which includes parts of Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles Counties.


Winner photographed with Rep. McCarthy. Photo courtesy of John Harte.


Listed below are the winners:
All Other Medium Category
1stPlace– Hannah Hurst, Stockdale High School, “Gears”
2ndPlace– Rachel Phelps, Quartz Hill High School, “Representation of Joy”
3rdPlace– Adan Vasquez, Bakersfield High School, “My Favorite Chair”
Honorable Mention– Brissa Pimentel, Independence High School, “Citrus Fruit”

Photography Category
1stPlace– Octavian Crofton, Ridgeview High School, “Lost in Grey”
2ndPlace– Daniel Rodriguez, Ridgeview High School, “OPEN OCEAN”
3rdPlace– Daniel Rodriguez, Ridgeview High School, “Victor”

Computer Generated Art Category:
1stPlace– Tara Forrest, Tehachapi High School, “Girl in Orange”
2ndPlace– Cora Sweeney, Valley Oaks Charter School, “Small Things”
3rdPlace– Gemma Thomas, Tehachapi High School, “Behind the Shadow”
Honorable Mention– Meagan Williams, Tehachapi High School, “Tony Stark”