Thousand Oaks, CA – On Thursday, May 7, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Jessica Han, an 11th grade student at Newbury Park High School, was the 26th Congressional District’s winner in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

“Every year, I am increasingly impressed by the level of artistic talent that Ventura County high school students possess,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “I firmly believe that the arts and sciences serve as a forum for expression, promote communication and imagination, as well as the development of cognitive and critical thinking skills. The Congressional Arts Competition is yet another way to allow young artists throughout Ventura County to express their creativity.”

Congresswoman Brownley added, “I would also like to thank the families, teachers, and community members who support these talented students, as well as the critically important area of arts and arts education.”

Ms. Han’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol complex for one full calendar year. In addition, four honorable mentions were announced, whose artworks will be displayed, with their permission, in Congresswoman Brownley’s Thousand Oaks district office. They are:

  • Alexandra Pourvali, 11th grade at La Reina High School
  • Ernesto Armbrocio, 12th grade at Newbury Park High School
  • Gabriella Alghini, 9th grade at La Reina High School
  • Reece Knupp, 10th grade Oaks Christian 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.

Pictured in the photograph from left to right are: Alexandria Pourvali, Ernesto Armbrocio, Congresswoman Brownley, Jessica Han, and the mother of Gabriella Alghini. Not pictured is Reece Knupp.


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