Representative Sherrill Announces NJ-11 Virtual Congressional Art Competition

May 4, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Sherrill is pictured with First Place winner Tafari Dempster from Whippany Park High School for his piece "Euphoria.”

 Rep. Sherrill with First Place winner Tafari Dempster from Whippany Park High School for his piece "Euphoria," May 2019

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Representative Sherrill (NJ-11) announced today the launch of her second annual Congressional Art Competition. The competition will take place virtually this year to showcase high school students’ creativity and artistic expression. 

“I’m excited to launch our art competition virtually and to adapt it to these challenging times” said Representative Sherrill. “I encourage our talented students in NJ-11 to participate in the online competition, and I look forward to viewing the artistic excellence we have here in New Jersey.”

Given the social distancing guidelines in New Jersey right now, students can either create an original piece at home or submit artwork they’ve created previously.

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. Students submit entries to their Representative’s office, and panels of judges select the winning entries. The winner’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

Last year’s first place winner was Whippany Park High School Senior Tafari Dempster. Tafari’s self-portrait “Euphoria” is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside more than 430 other winning works from every congressional district in the country. 

In 2019, Marnie Shick from Lacordaire Academy took home second place for her piece “Eden" and Angeleah Rockford from Nutley High School for "The Obscure” received third place.

To view the full guidelines and information about the Congressional Art Competition, click here