Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner: Rachel Martino, North Medford High School

July 9, 2019
Press Release

“Now You See Me”: A watercolor & color pencil painting of a blue eye with several parts of a face reflected throughout it.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that Rachel Martino, a junior at North Medford High School, has been selected as the overall winner for Oregon’s Second Congressional District in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Rachel’s painting, Now You See Me, was selected by a panel of five judges. Rachel traveled to Washington, D.C. to see her artwork displayed in the national student art exhibit in the U.S. Capitol and attend a reception in her honor.

“I want to congratulate Rachel on this achievement,” said Walden. “Her impressive work will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol among the best student artwork in the nation. Members of Congress will see it as they walk to the House and Senate Chambers, and visitors from around the world will enjoy the art during Capitol tours. Now You See Me demonstrates Rachel’s talent and she should be very proud of this accomplishment.”

Judges praised the composition and quality of Rachel’s piece and commended her use of watercolor and color pencil, which they said is difficult to master.

Walden also announced the regional winners from Oregon’s Second District:     
     - Self-Portrait by Ariana Weston, Powder Valley High School, grade 12
     - Sunflowers by Julianna Folk, Grants Pass High School, graduated 2019
     - Beautiful Oregon by Claire Bokovoy, Hood River Valley High School, grade 11
     - Hope by Sandra Aros, North Medford High School, graduated 2019
     - Feelings by Julianna Folk, Grants Pass High School, graduated 2019
     - Self Portrait by Philip Smith, High Desert Home School Academy, grade 11
     - Identity Theft by Gabby Parks, North Medford High School, graduated 2019
 
Regional winners will have their art displayed in Walden’s offices in Medford, Bend, La Grande, Hood River, and Washington, D.C. and posted on his website at https://walden.house.gov/art-competition.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for young Oregonians interested in art and I want to thank all of the students, teachers, and families who made this year’s competition a success,” Walden said. “I would also like to thank our judges for their expertise in reviewing the more than 45 pieces of art submitted by students from 10 high schools around Oregon’s Second District.”

Here are the judges for the 2019 competition:
* Kim Hearon, executive director, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford
* Cody Bustamante, professor of painting and drawing, South Oregon University, Ashland
* Michael Sell, associate professor of art, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande
* Lori Sams, gallery director, Feves Art Gallery, Pendleton
* Ted Fink, photography instructor, Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide program for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to highlight the importance of art education. Since its start in 1982, more than 700,000 high school students from around the country have participated. Photos of the winners and more information on the competition can be found via Walden’s website at https://walden.house.gov/art-competition.  

Regional Winning Art

  • Beautiful Oregon by Claire Bokovoy, Hood River Valley High School, grade 11

 

  • Sunflowers by Julianna Folk, Grants Pass High School, graduated 2019

 

  • Feelings by Julianna Folk, Grants Pass High School, graduated 2019

 

  • Hope by Sandra Aros, North Medford High School, graduated 2019

 

  • Identity Theft by Gabby Parks, North Medford High School, graduated 2019

 

  • Self-Portrait by Ariana Weston, Powder Valley High School, grade 12

 

  • Self Portrait by Philip Smith, High Desert Home School Academy, grade 11