Meng Announces Winner of Congressional High School Art Contest

Aug 31, 2021
Press Release
Winning student from Bayside, Queens to have artwork displayed in U.S. Capitol
QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that Natalie Huang, an 11th grade student from Bayside, has been selected as the winner of the Congresswoman’s Congressional district art contest.
 
The competition, which consisted of entries from Queens high school students, is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” the national art contest held annually by the House of Representatives to showcase the artwork of all Congressional district art contest winners from across the nation. 
 
Huang’s winning artwork – along with the winning pieces from art contests in Congressional districts throughout the United States – will now be displayed for one year within the halls of the U.S. Capitol for all to see including visitors to Capitol Hill, House Members, Senators and maybe even the President.   
 
Huang, who attends Friends Academy, won the competition for her watercolor painting entitled “Arrival of Spring.” Meng announced her as the winner during a reception she recently hosted for students and their families, art teachers, principals and school administrators. The reception was held at Flushing Town Hall (in its outdoor garden) where all of the submitted artwork had been on display.
 
In addition to Huang, Meng announced the second and third place winners which include:
 
  • Second Place Winner
Kaitlyn Murphy, a recent senior at St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows. Artwork name: Elmhurst 2020.
 
  • Third Place Winner
Emilio Espinal-Santiago, a senior also from St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows. Artwork name: Loss and Renaissance.  
 
“I am proud to congratulate Natalie Huang for winning this year’s art contest,” said Congresswoman Meng. “The COVID-19 crisis has allowed our youth to take the time to discover new skills and perfect others. Natalie’s artwork is an exceptional piece that symbolizes the hope that spring beauty brings; a hope that we all need in order to get through this pandemic together. I thank all the students for their participation, and I am proud of all of the future artists from our communities. I’m glad that despite the pandemic, we were still able to hold the art contest for local students, so that we can continue to recognize their wonderful artistic talents.”
 
“The pandemic has provided me with the time and space to create art, and I am so happy that my artwork can be shared for all to see in the nation’s capital,” said Natalie Huang. “I thank Congresswoman Meng for this wonderful opportunity and honor.”
 
Meng presented all the students who entered with certificates of Congressional recognition. Entries were submitted in several mediums including paintings (oil, watercolors, acrylic, etc.), collages, drawings and prints (lithographs, silk screens, etc.). The judging this year was done at Flushing Town Hall.
  
The Artistic Discovery contest was launched in 1982 for Members of Congress to highlight the artistic work of high school students from around the nation. Since it began, more than 650,000 high school students from throughout the United States have participated in the competition.