Rep. Raskin’s 2022 Congressional Art Competition Virtual Gallery

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Now in its 41st year, more than 650,000 high school students have participated since the competition’s inception in 1982.

The winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s 8th District is Isabel Acuna Marin of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. There are 25 runner-up honorees from Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery Counties. Over 130 high schoolers from 29 schools participated in this year’s 8th District competition.

Check out their amazing artwork below! And thanks not just to all these emerging young artists but their teachers and families and friends.

First Place Winner

Title: Tia Mona
Artist: Isabel Acuna Marin of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic paint

Runners-Up — Carroll County

From left to right:

Title: Hope and Pressure
Artist: Julianna Nefflen of Westminster High School in Westminster
Medium: Oil

Title: Loyal and Joyful
Artist: Devon Elliott of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Scratch Art

Title: My Own Space
Artist: Celee Montgomery of Century High School in Sykesville
Medium: Acrylic Paint

Runners-Up— Frederick County

From left to right:

Title: Golden hour
Artist: Olivia Adams of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Photograph

Title: Healing
Artist: Kiegan Wheeler of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Graphite, Chalk Pastel

Title: Spaced Out
Artist: Margaret Gouker of Middletown High School in Middletown
Medium: Colored Pencils

From left to right:

Title: Transformation
Artist: Eisella Pearson of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Digital Illustration

Title: Words Like Knives
Artist: Sydney Spradlin of Linganore High School in Frederick
Medium: Computer-generated art, Adobe Illustrator

Runners-Up — Montgomery County

From left to right:

Title: Behind the Curtain
Artist: Erin Malone of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Title: Candlestick
Artist: Ella Lepkowski of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic paint

Title: Chess Match
Artist: Julia Angel of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville
Medium: Colored Pencil on Paper

Title: City of Earth and City of God
Artist: James Moncur of Landon School in Bethesda
Medium: Colored Pencil

Title: Fabric Study
Artist: Olivia Vaughan of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda
Medium: Acrylic paint

Title: First Love
Artist: Alexandra Ericta of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Digital

Title: Grandpa and His Daily Task
Artist: Katherine Yoon of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Acrylic

Title: I’m Retiring Reality
Artist: Darcy Hoffpauir of The Siena School in Silver Spring
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Majestic Maryland
Artist: Charles Freedman of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

Title: Real Me
Artist: Tamar Oliel of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

Title: Reed
Artist: Sydney Reed of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic Paint

Title: Sad Jester
Artist: Anthony Bonilla of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Digital

From left to right:

Title: Touching
Artist: Junlin Yao of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda
Medium: Colored pencil

Title: Tying Flies
Artist: Elsa Bell of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Oil Paint

Title: Virus
Artist: Duyen Phan of Montgomery Blair High School in in Silver Spring
Medium: Watercolor paints

From left to right:

Title: Working Classroom
Artist: Megan Neill of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Gouache

Title: класний
Artist: Ella Spirtas of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic paint and paper 3D elements

Additional Participants

From left to right:

Title: Waves of Curiosity
Artist: Bethany Abebe of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Gouache

Title: Self Portrait
Artist: Madeline Blattau of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Computer Generated

From left to right:

Title: Inside Outside
Artist: Levi Greenberg of Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville
Medium: Pen on paper

Title: Blind
Artist: Layla Missihou of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic Paint

Title: Sisters
Artist: Jennifer Qiu of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Oil on canvas

From left to right:

Title: Sir Dunkin Bobertson Hawks III
Artist: Jake Hawks of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Oil on Canvas Paper

Title: remembrance of fallen heroes
Artist: Flora Zhou of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Oil Painting

From left to right:

Title: The Sound of Dreams
Artist: Kylie Wilbur of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac
Medium: Mixed media (pencil, watercolor)

Title: Pastel Reflections
Artist: Dylan Furbay of Landon School in Bethesda
Medium: Pastel on Paper

Title: The Colors of Freedom
Artist: Alexander Chhoeu of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Digital Photograph

From left to right:

Title: Reflections of My Thoughts and Dreams
Artist: Ellia Ferneau of Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville
Medium: Mixed media

Title: All Smiles
Artist: Shayna Towler of Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville
Medium: Graphite

Title: Creative Break
Artist: Betsi Ralda-Romero of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Gouache

From left to right:

Title: For Ourselves
Artist: Jaeyoung Jung of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda
Medium: Computer-generated art

Title: Tree of trinkets
Artist: Annalyn Chao of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Pencil

Title: Sunset Near the Valley
Artist: Lucciana Cubero Villiers of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Digital Art

Title: fluid motion
Artist: Riana Ramoutar of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Paint and marker

From left to right:

Title: The Possibility That is Being Taken Away
Artist: Ezekiel Hernandez of Rockville High School in Rockville
Medium: Computer-generated Art

Title: A Field of Daisies
Artist: Sydney Fuentes of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylics

From left to right:

Title: Chapter Nineteen
Artist: Caleb Wernau of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Digital Photography

Title: Can You Keep A Secret?
Artist: Faith Zhang of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac
Medium: Digital Art

From left to right:

Title: Humanity meets nature
Artist: Dhruv Narang of Landon School in Bethesda
Medium: White/black charcoal on black paper

Title: Untitled
Artist: Carl Dexter of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Mixed Media

Title: Joy!
Artist: Ayorkor Laryea of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
Medium: Acrylic Paint

From left to right:

Title: Portrait of My Omi
Artist: Najla Hall of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Graphite

Title: Glassware
Artist: Logan Curtis of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: White pencil on black paper

Title: Nighttime Neighborhood
Artist: Katherine Barnett of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda
Medium: Colored Pencils, Marker, Pen, White gel pen

Title: Motion of Music
Artist: Nandana Pillai of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Photograph

From left to right:

Title: Boy with Statice
Artist: Ariana Plotas of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda
Medium: Acrylics

Title: castaway
Artist: Zoe Davis of Tuscarora High School in Frederick
Medium: Acrylic paint

Title: Golden Retriever
Artist: Brandon Fan of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville
Medium: Watercolor

Title: The Dancer
Artist: Elizabeth Frisbie of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville
Medium: Oil Paint

From left to right:

Title: The World As We Know It
Artist: Alexis Hahn of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac
Medium: Mixed media of chalk pastel and acrylic paint

Title: Mutual Rescue
Artist: Raunak Banerjee of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Charcoal Drawing

Title: Bright Life
Artist: Maria Bautista-Calderon of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Oil pastel

From left to right:

Title: Discovery
Artist: Ayman Bustillos of Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville
Medium: Paper, Pencil, Colored pencil, Pen

Title: are there spiders in her nightmares?
Artist: Looli Smith of Rochambeau French International School in Bethesda
Medium: Oil painting

From left to right:

Title: Boxed
Artist: Taylor Polonsky of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Marker, fine point pen and watercolor pencil

Title: Deep Sea Fantasy
Artist: Tenzin Chen of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Acrylic

Title: Sea Spirit
Artist: Natalie Fox of Middletown High School in Middletown
Medium: Acrylic paint

From left to right:

Title: A Long Awaited Visit
Artist: Syeda Sabahat of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Mixed Media w/ Digital Rendering

Title: illness
Artist: Lexi Moulton of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Mixed Media

Title: The flags I wave
Artist: Zayna Clarke of The Siena School in Silver Spring
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Idyllic Inferno
Artist: Aidan Leskoski of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Photography

Title: Midnight Lights
Artist: Sydney Querry of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Digital Photography

From left to right:

Title: “In your sad machines, You’ll forever stay” -Here Is No Why, The Smashing Pumpkins
Artist: Victoria Ayala of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Digital Photography

Title: Night of Lights
Artist: Erin Nichols of Oakdale High School in Ijamsville
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Return to the Front
Artist: Elle Aposporos of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Digital

Title: Engulfed
Artist: Kendall Rapp of The Siena School in Silver Spring
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Acceptance
Artist: Prettlophine Cotton of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Digital

Title: Chewey’s Autoshop
Artist: Tyler Jones of Linganore High School in Frederick
Medium: Photograph

Title: Maine Lighthouse
Artist: Emi Hakutani of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Watercolor

From left to right:

Title: It’s a time for Hope
Artist: Reut Skromne of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Micron Pen on a white poster board

Title: Blossom of Spring
Artist: Adam Bachrach of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

Title: Untitled
Artist: Abigail Chesman of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

Title: J
Artist: Coby Meytin of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Layers
Artist: Eytan Edelman of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photograph

Title: Glass Sphere
Artist: Etai Even of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

Title: Flower Power
Artist: Josh Berl of Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville
Medium: Photography

From left to right:

Title: Letting Go
Artist: Zoe Fagnani of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic and pencil

Title: Waiting at the Door
Artist: Elisabeth Shipley of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Gouache Paint

From left to right:

Title: Lava Ride
Artist: Tran Vo of John F. Kennedy High School in Wheaton
Medium: Oil Pastels, color pencils and markers

Title: Center of Roundabout in Xian
Artist: Yik Hin Lau of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Pencil

Title: Angel
Artist: Violet Cancro of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Adobe Illustrator

Title: Remnants of Childhood
Artist: El Fitzpatrick of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Pencil on paper

From left to right:

Title: Abuela
Artist: Giselle Maravilla of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic paint

Title: Grandma
Artist: Natalie McMurry of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic

Title: Raceagle
Artist: Colin Apellaniz of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Pen and Ink

From left to right:

Title: Pointsetta Macro
Artist: Kailey Jarboe of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Photography

Title: Rolled Ice Cream
Artist: Paige Coulson of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Colored Pencil

Title: put it all in
Artist: Daisy Byer-Tuohey of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Ebony pencil on paper

Title: Shortness of Breath
Artist: Alanna Sidlowski of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington
Medium: Acrylic

Title: Where Courage Lies
Artist: Raha Murtuza of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville
Medium: Acrylics

Title: Protection
Artist: Alina Ahmad of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Digital Print

Title: First Strike
Artist: Isabella Harrison of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Acrylic paints

Title: Lexi
Artist: Ashley Baer of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Acrylic Paint

From left to right:

Title: Ignorance
Artist: Thais Garcia of Rockville High School in Rockville
Medium: Drawing

Title: Melancolía
Artist: Ashley Alvarado of John F. Kennedy High School in Wheaton
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Title: What Can Set Me Free ?
Artist: Elizabeth Abiot of Rockville High School in Rockville
Medium: Pencil

From left to right:

Title: Keep my College Free Please
Artist: Arsema Tekleab of Rockville High School in Rockville
Medium: Pencil, colored pencils, pen and paper

Title: The Blues
Artist: Elena Laguna of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Digital Print

From left to right:

Title: Naomi
Artist: Rachel Unnikumaran of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Watercolor and acrylic inks

Title: Dementia
Artist: Abigail Heng of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Acrylic and ink

From left to right:

Title: Euphoria
Artist: Elaina Darr of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Photography

Title: Fractured Portrait
Artist: Jillian Casey of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Pencil

Title: Dehumaniz-Asian
Artist: Jaimie Han of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Mixed Media

From left to right:

Title: Untitled
Artist: Javon Lecky of Liberty High School in Eldersburg
Medium: Photography, Adobe Photoshop

Title: Day Off
Artist: Myka Fromm of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville
Medium: Photograph

Title: A Giant Eavesdropping Problem
Artist: Jason Breden of Century High School in Sykesville
Medium: Mixed Media

From left to right:

Title: Bumped Into Office
Artist: Noah Lantor of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Photography

Title: Suffocating Bliss
Artist: Kaitlyn Lee of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

Title: Black Joy
Artist: Kaitlyn Lee of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

From left to right:

Title: Surrounded by Sunflowers
Artist: Gracie Cardwell of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

Title: Maya Angelou
Artist: Nadia Green of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

Title: Sweet Trails
Artist: Grace Stephens of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

Title: All About Me!
Artist: Angel Vale of GB Youth Media in Silver Spring
Medium: 2D Collage in paper

From left to right:

Title: A mannequin during summer
Artist: Sophia Abbas of Rochambeau, The French International School in Bethesda
Medium: Photography

Title: Self Portrait
Artist: Ariella Nedderman of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg
Medium: Pen and Pencil

Title: Derranged
Artist: Karen Portillo of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring
Medium: Ink

From left to right:

Title: My Universe
Artist: Sarah Jaszkowski of Century High School in Sykesville
Medium: Ink

Title: Key Bridge
Artist: Haley Engelstad of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Title: Warped
Artist: Ella Moore of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda
Medium: Photo (phone camera)

Title: Homage to Bob
Artist: Trevon Marshall of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda
Medium: Ceramics

From left to right:

Title: A New Dawn
Artist: Adrian Sinfuego of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Oil/Paint

Title: Known But To God
Artist: Tyler Buzy of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
Medium: Digital Photography

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Rep. Jamie Raskin

Proudly representing MD’s 8th District. Member of Judiciary, Oversight, Rules and House Administration Committees.