Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Hosts 2016 Congressional Art Contest

Apr 19, 2016
Press Release
Kenilworth Showcase Highlights 93 student submissions

Jabili Kandula, Sanjana Rao, Congressman Lance and Breanna DeBarros

Kenilworth, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed participants in the 2016 Congressional Art Contest to the Merck Campus in Kenilworth for a public display of their submissions.  The display featured 93 original pieces of art, all created by high school students from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District.  A panel of judges selected Thoughts of Coffee on You, an oil painting by Sanjana Rao, a junior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, as the winner.  Sanjana will head to Washington in June to see her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building.

Lance toured the showcase, congratulated the student participants and spoke to the audience of family and friends.  “Congratulations on these incredible works of art.  The talent on display here is amazing and I am very pleased this showcase gave all of you the opportunity to show your abilities and hard work and meet other young artists,” Lance said.

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 650,000 high school students have been involved in the competition.  The winning art work will hang in a corridor in the United States Capitol Building for one year along with art from similar art contests held in congressional districts across the country.

Jabili Kandula, a student at Governor Livingston High School, was awarded 2nd place for her piece titled Liberty Park.   Breanne DeBarros, a student at New Providence High School, was awarded 3rd place for @Play.