05.04.16

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Winner of Congressional Arts Competition

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Albany High School Junior, Christine Wang, was selected as the winner of the annual Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery, to represent the 13th Congressional District.

“Each year, this competition highlights the talents of so many young artists throughout the East Bay,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I congratulate Christine on being this year’s winner and I send my warmest regards to all of the talented students who participated.”

Congresswoman Lee visited Albany High School to make the surprise announcement in Wang’s class. Her oil painting “Conjoined Cultures” will be displayed in the heavily-traveled corridor that connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol for a year.  She will also receive two complimentary tickets to attend the annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“I am so proud of Christine’s artistic accomplishment and her commitment to grow as a student-artist,” said Albany Unified School District Superintendent Valerie Williams. “She is a true representation of Albany’s love of arts and culture. What an honor it is to have her painting displayed in the halls of Congress.”

Congresswoman Lee has also posted this year’s entries on Facebook to give the public a chance to vote for their favorite piece of art work.  The submission with the most “likes” will be hung in the Congresswoman’s district office for one year.

Started in 1982, the Congressional Arts Competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of student artists in their district.

To view the winning submission, click the link below:

Christine Wang, “Conjoined Cultures”

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as