Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) announced Christopher Laranang, a 10th grader from Oaks Christian School, as the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District. 

“Each year, the Congressional Art Competition highlights the creativity and talent of artists across our district,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “I want to congratulate Christopher for his award-winning piece, ‘Refuse of Man,’ which encapsulates the spirit of abstract thinking. Art is an important outlet for students to express their emotions, channel their creativity, and advocate for the causes they care about. All of this year’s submissions were emblematic of the unbridled ingenuity and robust passion illustrated by the talented students throughout the region.”

“I’m honored to be chosen as this year’s winner,” said Christopher Laranang, the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. “I think it’s cool that something I created will hang in the Capitol Building.” 

Two honorable mentions were also recognized, including “Girl with Heart” by Sherilyn Fregoso-Lazaro, a 12th grader from Rio Mesa High School, and “Moving On” by Jennifer Li, a 10th grader from Oak Park High School. Their artwork will be displayed in Congresswoman Brownley’s district office in Thousand Oaks.

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.

To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition, click here.


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