The U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Arts Caucus coordinates an annual art competition for high school students.  This competition provides a unique opportunity to recognize the rich artistic talents of high school students throughout the nation.  I am inviting students who reside in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, to participate in “An Artistic Discovery," an annual art competition held each Spring.

My event features three categories (students may submit one piece per category): Photography, All Other Permissible Media, and Scenes from COVID.  Entry forms will be released to all Art Departments early in the year.

This is a prestigious competition.  The winning artwork will represent the 8th District in Washington, D.C., by being displayed in the U.S. Capitol as part of a year-long exhibit.  The winning artist may receive free round-trip airfares for the national winners’ reception in Washington, D.C., and be eligible for a scholarship from a prestigious arts and design college.  Other winners’ pieces will be showcased at my Washington, DC, and district offices for the next year.

2021 Virtual Display

2021 Congressional Art Competition

This year's Congressional Art Competition is being featured at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center from April 16 to May 2, 2021. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the center is open at limited capacity. You can also view the artwork via the virtual display below.

Stay tuned for the Virtual Art Competition Reception to see this year's winning submissions. Congressman Davidson will announce the winning students on April 17, 2021.

2020 Congressional Art Competition Winners

The 2020 OH-08 Congressional Art Competition was affected by the COVID-19 response. Our anticipated host, the Middletown Arts Center, had to close during the time of our display, but was able to help facilitate a virtual display. Likewise, our judges had to view and grade the entries virtually. Here are the winners!

Grand Prize
1st All Other: Abigail McDonell, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Happiness”

First Place
Photography: Tanner Gagliardo, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Mama Bear Stare”
2nd Place
All Other: Alexandra Fernholz, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “The Art of Distraction”
2nd Place
Photography: Austin Huff, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Other Side”
3rd Place 
All Other: Ella Chaffee, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Drowning in Plastic”
3rd Place
Photography: Tyler Kovac, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Fabula Rosa”

Scenes from Ohio’s 8th District

Entries for this category must be of images within our Congressional District. The 2020 theme was “Historic Structure or Sites”.

Winner
OH-08: Emrie Adelhardt, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Court House”
Winner
OH-08: Ella Chaffee, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Ruins”
Winner
OH-08: Rose Labib, Lakota West, 10th Grade, “A Church”
Winner
OH-08: Braden Meyer, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Billy Yank Statue”
Winner
OH-08: Emma Schroeder, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Muhlhauser Barn”
Winner
OH-08: Cole Stafford, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “The Federalist”

Honorable Mention Awards

Honorable Mention:
Anna Biddle, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Through a Glass Darkly”
Honorable Mention:
Alana Blankenship, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Everyday Elegance”
Honorable Mention:
Ryan Groves, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Fuzzy Thoughts”
Honorable Mention:
Will Mormile, Lakota West, 10th Grade, “Dusk in L.A.”
Honorable Mention:
Sami Pille, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Split Personality”
Honorable Mention:
Grace Silvers, Lakota West, 10th Grade, “Glass City”
Honorable Mention:
Cole Stafford, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Hands of Fate”
Honorable Mention:
Jessica Tachie, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Asymmetrical Mirror”
Honorable Mention:
Anna French, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Break the Surface”
Honorable Mention:
Andrew Laker, Lakota East, 12th Grade, “Heavy Emotions”
Honorable Mention:
Dalal Alami, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Lost”
Honorable Mention:
Abigail Lindley, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “Into the Light”
Honorable Mention:
Afia Owusu-Korkor, Lakota West, 12th Grade, “The American Dream?”
Honorable Mention:
Marialinda Roblero, Lakota West, 11th Grade, “Searching a New Life”