Congressman Jared Huffman

Representing the 2nd District of California

Huffman Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition

May 30, 2013
Press Release
Huffman: Proud that so many high school students participated in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON­—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in California’s Second Congressional District, which spans from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. Huffman held a reception for finalists in his San Rafael District Office on Monday.


Kalyn Peterson
Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo
Grade: 11
Title: “Sad Clown on Cardboard


Royal Duyndam
Analy High School, Sebastopol
Grade: 10
Title: “Waits


Cheyenne Autumn Baxter
Charter Academy of the Redwoods, Ukiah
Grade: 10
Title: “They Call Her Epiphany


Mira Eagle Weidman
Northcoast Preparatory Academy, Arcata
Grade: 12
Title: “Teenage Wasteland” 

"Teenage Wasteland"


“I’d like to congratulate Kalyn Peterson for her outstanding entry and to recognize all of the participants for their hard work and dedication to the arts,” Congressman Huffman said. “I am proud that so many high school students submitted art to the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. This is a unique opportunity for a North Coast student to join her peers across the nation in showcasing their art in the U.S. Capitol Building.”

Photos of all finalist submissions may be found HERE.

Judges for the finalists included Mark Perlman, Professor of Studio Art – Painting & Drawing at Sonoma State University; Suzanne Joyal, Director, Artists in Schools at Marin Youth in Arts; Sharon Maidenberg, Executive Director, Headlands Center for the Arts. The judges selected the winning painting because of the "intentionality of each brushstroke," use of color, and technique. 

"An Artistic Discovery" is the art contest that has been held by the United States Congress every year since 1982. The winning artwork will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, along with artwork from each Congressional District in the country. Kayln Peterson, the winner of the competition, will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new display on June 26, 2013. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition.

More information about the Congressional Art Competition can be found HERE.