Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 8, 2017
Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition at a ceremony held Friday evening at the Albany Arts Council in Albany, Georgia. This year’s first place was earned by the work of Khalil Brown from Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. His winning piece of artwork was created with graphite and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year for thousands of visitors, Members of Congress, and staff to appreciate.
“I would like to thank all the talented students of the Second Congressional District that submitted their fantastic artwork for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. It was a competitive field this year, but I am happy to congratulate our first place winner, Mr. Khalil Brown,” said Congressman Bishop. “Art provides a productive and illuminating outlet for one’s ideas and emotions, and our region’s students clearly demonstrated their substantial artistic skill and passion.”
All submitted works of art were created by the imaginative high school students of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The works of art were judged by a panel of five independent judges: Mr. Adrian Jenkins from Jenkins Photography; Ms. Erin Freeman, Director of Business Development at the Albany Advocacy Resource Center; Ms. Zina Whitaker, Office Manager at Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center; Ms. Camille Floyd, recent Albany State graduate with a BS in Art; and Ms. Chloe Hinton, Director of Education and Public Programming at the Albany Museum of Art.
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
Khalil Brown
Dougherty Comprehensive High School (Albany, GA), 12th Grade
Graphite – “Broken Emotions”
Second Place
Alexa Martinez
Rutland High School (Macon, GA), 12th Grade
Colored Pencil, Cardboard, & Collage – “She’s tired, let her sleep”
Third Place
Adam Carithers
Rutland High School (Macon, GA), 12th Grade
Colored Pencil on Paper – “American Shepherd”
Honorable Mention
Caroline Owens
Deerfield Windsor School (Albany, GA), 12th Grade
Acrylic Paints on Canvas – “Raspberries”