NEW HAVEN, CT— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) announced today that Rachel Knight from New Haven is the winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition. For the next year her piece will represent the Third Congressional District of Connecticut in the United States Capitol. Rachel is a student at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven. 


“The Congressional Art Competition is something I look forward to every year. I always find myself in particular awe of the talent in our midst, the young people who can create beauty and who are ready to impress the world.  All the students who submitted pieces are terrific and talented artists who I hope continue to work with, develop, and refine their talents.  They all have tremendous potential.”


Started in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide held each spring to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our nation’s high school students. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this competition. This year saw 37 submissions from Connecticut’s Third District; all the pieces will be on display at Gateway Community College through May 14.


The second place runner-up, Coleman Nelson from Amity Regional High School, will have his oil pastel piece, “Landscape,” displayed in DeLauro’s Washington, D.C. office. Third place runner-up Emilio Cucciniello, from Hamden, will have his charcoal piece, “White Black equals Jimi Hendrix,” displayed in DeLauro’s New Haven office.


Four Honorable Mentions were also awarded, in no particular order:


  • “Empty Reflection,” an inket print by Mason Schoffstall from Middletown High School
  • “Standing in Hell Yet Striving for Heaven,” a monotype collage by Deborah Velez from Ansonia High School
  • “Animal Ribbon,” a colored pencil, graphite, sharpie drawing by Nicole Fowler from Woodland Regional High School
  • “Self-Portrait” by Iveliss Detil from Ansonia High School