Westlake High School’s Hillary Avila Wins 2019 Congressional Art Competition

May 15, 2019
Press Release

Pleasantville student to travel to Washington, DC, meet with Congresswoman Lowey, and have art displayed in U.S. Capitol

Runners-up from Sparkill and New City

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that Hillary Avila, a sophomore at Westlake High School in Thornwood, NY, is the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 17th Congressional District.

Hillary’s pencil drawing, “Tyler,” was judged to be first of 29 entries at a May 6 ceremony at Rockland BOCES.

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

Okgil Ahn accepts the award from Congresswoman Lowey on behalf of her daughter

Hannah Ahn, a Sparkill resident and a junior at Tappan Zee High School, came in second place for her acrylic painting entitled “Conflict”.

Jaylyn Mojica, a New City resident and sophomore at Clarkstown High School North, came in third for her “Self-Portrait” computer graphics piece.

Eric La, a New City resident and a senior at Clarkstown High School North, received an honorable mention for his digital, adobe photoshop piece, “Interconnected Cities.”   

“Our region is fortunate to be home to so many excellent young artists,” said Lowey. “I’m proud of Hannah, Jaylyn, Eric 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 local artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their Congressional 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.

Congresswoman Lowey held her awards ceremony at Rockland BOCES Monday, May 6. The three judges were Daly Flanagan, Executive Director at Rockland Center for the Arts; Carole Perry, Art Consultant and Appraiser, and former Artistic of the Edward Hopper House, and Professor Lena Hyun, Curator and Art Historian, and Exhibitions Coordinator at Rockland Community College.

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.