Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Madison Lonis, a senior at Buena High School, has won the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District.

“I am always in awe of the level of artistic talent and creativity that Ventura County high school students display during the Congressional Art Competition,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “This is an important reminder of how the arts can play a critical role in improving young people’s ability to communicate their lived experiences and cultural awareness. I want to congratulate everyone who participated this year and thank the individuals and especially the educators who encourage and support our community’s young artists.”

“I have always had a passion for the arts, and I see myself within my own works, and regardless of its form I have always taken great joy in creating something new. I have been doing art for as long as I can remember, and have worked hard to be where I am today,” said Madison Lonis. “I am thrilled to have been selected as this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition, and I am excited that my artwork will be representing Ventura County’s artistic community in Washington, DC. This is a wonderful honor, and a notable moment in my career as an artist.”

Madison’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. In addition, five honorable mentions were announced, which will be displayed in the Congresswoman’s district office:

  • Sesario Marin, 10th grade, Rio Mesa High School
  • Oliver Htway, 10th grade, Thousand Oaks High School
  • Sarah Barghouti, 12th grade, Newbury Park High School
  • Madeleine Espinosa, 11th grade, Foothill Technology High School
  • Jagger Dadigan, 12th grade, Foothill Technology High School

Started in 1982, the nationwide Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is an opportunity to recognize and encourage student artistic talent across the country. The competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in California’s 26th Congressional District. The winner was selected by a panel of local judges.