Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Welcomes Sanjana Rao of Bridgewater to Washington

Jun 29, 2016
Press Release
Bridgewater Raritan High School Student Won Art Contest, Oil Painting Will Hang in Capitol Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed Sanjana Rao to the United States Capitol recently for the annual Congressional Art Competition showcase.  Rao, 17, was selected as the winner of the Seventh Congressional District contest for her piece, Thoughts of Coffee on You.  She earned the chance to visit Washington, D.C. and see her work on display in the Capitol alongside the winning selections from across the country.

Sanjana created a wonderful piece of art.  She has demonstrated tremendous talent and I am proud to have her beautiful painting, Thoughts of Coffee on You, displayed in the United States Capitol.  I am sure the many visitors from across the country will enjoy seeing it hang in the building,” said Lance, a past chair of the annual contest and showcase.

After the special ceremony, Rao said, “I participated in the Congressional Art Competition because of my passion for art.  Art, for me, is a medium of self-expression.  I’ve always loved problem solving, and art is the best puzzle to solve.  Each art piece is about finding the right composition, the right values, right symmetries, right meaning. Art is something I’m proud of and I’m proud to have my work on display in the United States Capitol.”

Rao is a student at Bridgewater Raritan High School and is involved in the Arts Honor Society and is president of the photography club.

The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since that time more than 700,000 high school students have been involved in the competition.