Stuart, Fla. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) honored the participants of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition and announced Amber Hansen from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach County as the winner.  Her piece was selected as a finalist by local experts and awarded first prize by Rep. Mast. 

“This competition is a celebration of the next generation of talent.  There is so much creativity, skill and effort in these pieces. I am proud of every single student who participated,” Rep. Mast said.  “Congratulations to Amber, and I’m looking forward to seeing your art displayed in the halls of our nation’s Capitol.” 

Hansen’s work will be displayed alongside the winners from each Congressional district across the country for one year.  

The annual Art Competition showcases the talented high school students of the 18th District.  This year’s competition featured 90 submissions from 17 schools across Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties.

The other finalists were: 

  • Sophie Araque-Liu, Martin County High School
  • Anashya Etienne, Lincoln Park Academy

Honorable mentions were awarded to: 

  • Isaias Pedro Tino, South Fork High School
  • Rebecca Cotton, Martin County High School
  • Yashvi Purohit, Jupiter High School
  • Estephany Herrera, Jupiter High School
  • Alexandria Akelaitis, Somerset College Preparatory Academy
  • Juliana Moser, St. Lucie West Centennial High School

The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts, as well as to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and since that time, more than 700,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Additional photos from the event can be found here.