Congressman Jared Huffman

Representing the 2nd District of California

Rep. Huffman Announces Winner of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

May 11, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today announced that Haley Bjursten of Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA is the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Huffman met with Haley and presented her with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition on Monday, photos of which can be found HERE.

Haley’s winning artwork will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, along with artwork from each congressional district in the country. As the winner of the competition, she will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new display in June. All participants receive a certificate of recognition.


Haley Bjursten

Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA

Title: “The Dreamer”

Medium: Colored pencil

Huffman presents Haley Bjursten with Congressional Certificate of Recognition in honor of her winning artwork:



Theresa Ovard

Tomales High School in Tomales, CA

Title: “Country Boys”

Medium: Photography

Viridiana Rodriguez-Garcia

Ukiah High School in Ukiah, CA

Title: “Venus”

Medium: Photography


Juliana Pole

Hoopa Valley Elementary in Hoopa, CA

Title: Fish

Medium: Drawing Pencils

“Congratulations to Haley Bjursten and each of the outstanding artists that participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Huffman said. “Every year I am impressed by the talents of these young artists, and I am glad to once again see a broad range of creative pieces from up and down California’s North Coast.”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide.

High-resolution photos of all finalist submissions may be found HERE.

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

Past winners of the Congressional Art Competition from California’s 2nd Congressional District can be found HERE and HERE.