Barletta Welcomes Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition to U.S. Capitol

Jun 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) welcomed Christina Bias of Harrisburg, PA, who is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Pennsylvania’s 11th District, and her grandfather, Larry Bias, to the U.S. Capitol.  Bias, who is a senior at the Commonwealth Connections Academy, won with her submission “Young at Heart,” an acrylic portrait of her grandfather.  As in past years, Bias’ artwork will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.   In addition to being congratulated by Congressman Barletta, Bias and her grandfather will attend an annual awards ceremony honoring the winners from across the country and recognizing their artwork.

“Christina’s portrait of her grandfather showcases her incredible talent, and it was an honor to welcome her to the U.S. Capitol today to congratulate her in person,” Barletta said.  “Each year, I am amazed by the level of artistic talent we have in our part of Pennsylvania.  Every day I walk through the hallway where all of the artwork hangs from winners across the country - it’s truly inspiring to see how skilled our young people really are.”

The Congressional Art Competition, which began in 1982, is an annual contest run by the U.S. House of Representatives where high school students from across the country are invited to showcase their artistic abilities.  Since its conception, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.  Entrants must reside in the Congressional district in which they enter and works are considered by a panel of area judges.  Each Congressional district is represented by one winner.