Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Apr 8, 2016
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition at a ceremony held at the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia. This year’s first place was earned by the work of Alexa Martinez from Rutland High School in Macon, Georgia.  Her winning piece of artwork was created with colored pencils on cardboard and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year for thousands of visitors, Members of Congress, and staff to appreciate.

“Creating art requires thoughts, feelings, and memories not easily replicated. I am grateful to the teachers, families, and peers who encourage these young students to continue coloring the world with their love for art,” said Congressman Bishop. “Each piece judged this year displayed a level of exceptional talent and beauty, and I would like to congratulate Alexa Martinez on her beautiful work.”

All works of art that were judged were created by the imaginative high school students of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The works of art were judged by a panel of three independent judges:  Scott Marini, Professor of Art Sculpture and Ceramics at Albany State University; Charles Williams, Professor of Fine Art at Albany State University; and K. Meredith Lear-Perkins, Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Albany State University.

This year, an additional award was added—the inaugural People’s Choice Award. All the submitted artwork was uploaded to Facebook and the piece with the most Facebook ‘likes’ by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8 was declared the winner of the award. All artwork can be viewed on Congressman Bishop’s Facebook page.

Each spring since 1982, the Congressional Institute has sponsored a nationwide high school visual art competition to honor and encourage artistic talent across the nation. For one year, the winning artwork selected by participating Members will be displayed in the United States Capitol.


First Place

Alexa Martinez
Rutland High School (Macon, GA), 11th Grade

Colored Pencil – Untitled


Second Place

Megan Williams
Rutland High School (Macon, GA)

Pencil & Coffee – “Skeleton”


Third Place

Jeremy Moore
Rutland High School (Macon, GA), 11th Grade

Colored Pencil – Untitled


Honorable Mention

Keri Russell
Lee County High School (Leesburg, GA), 10th Grade

Charcoal & Graphite – “Breathe”


People’s Choice

Ke’Chanbria Ball

Dougherty Comprehensive High School (Albany, GA)

Colored Pencil, Charcoal – “Face of Blue People”