Butterfield Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

May 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) announced the winners of the 2016 Annual Congressional Art Competition during a special reception and presentation at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Mr. Rene Chavez Lopez, a student at Hillside High School in Durham, NC, was awarded first place for his work “Graffart.” As the winner, Rene’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year along with the artwork from other congressional districts across the country. He will receive round-trip airfare for two to attend the annual ribbon cutting ceremony in Washington, DC. Rene will also receive a $3,000 scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design and a scholarship to attend a summer course at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the United States House of Representatives as an opportunity to recognize artistic talent across the nation. More than 650,000 students have participated in the nationwide competition since it began in 1982.

“I am proud of the remarkable talent and imagination demonstrated by our students this year,” said Congressman Butterfield. “I was so impressed by the large number of talented participants who submitted their work for consideration.  I thank each and every student who participated.”

The 2016 winners include:

First Place: Mr. Rene Chavez Lopez, Hillside High School (Durham, NC), “Graffart”

Second Place: Ms. Jasmine Beddard, Washington High School (Washington, NC), “Zebra”

Third Place: Mr. Alton "Christopher" Rawls, Washington High School (Washington, NC), “Stormy Weather”

Click here to view a copy of the first place piece.