Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces Art Competition Winner from Dobbs Ferry, Runners-Up from Harrison, Dobbs Ferry & Pearl River

May 3, 2018
Press Release
The Masters School Student Vincent Alban Wins 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Lowey congratulates Dobbs Ferry resident and The Masters School junior Vincent Alban for winning this year's Congressional Arts Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that Vincent Alban, a junior at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY, is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 17th Congressional District. Vincent’s photograph, “Rough Road,” was judged to be first of 15 entries.

“I congratulate Vincent on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” said Lowey. “New York’s 17th Congressional District will be well represented in Washington, DC, by his outstanding artwork on display in the United States Capitol, where millions of visitors may see it.”

Brianna Martinez, a Harrison resident and a junior at Harrison High School, came in second place for her photograph entitled “Fenced In;”

Jenna Assumma, a Dobbs Ferry Resident and senior at Dobbs Ferry High School, came in third for her “Crash Landing” collage;

and Peter Zuidema, a Pearl River resident and a senior at Pearl River High School, received an honorable mention for his mixed media piece, “Spaceman.”  

“Our region is fortunate to be home to so many excellent young artists,” said Lowey. “I’m proud of Brianna, Jenna, Peter and all of the participants in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Their artistic talents are excellent contributions to the Lower Hudson Valley’s cultural identity.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Each spring, students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in June in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The awards ceremony was held at Westchester Community College on Monday, April 23, 2018. The three judges who chose the winners were Melissa Hall, Fine Arts Gallery Director at Westchester Community College in Valhalla; Jessica Cioffoletti, Associate Director of Arts in Education at ArtsWestchester; and Jessy Mendez, Program Manager of Arts in Education at ArtsWestchester.

In addition to promoting arts through the annual Congressional Art Competition, Congresswoman Lowey has been stalwart in her defense of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and served on the prestigious National Council for the Arts in recognition of her leadership.