Eshoo Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners, Virtual Artist Reception

July 27, 2021
Press Release

PALO ALTO, C.A.U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced today this year’s prizewinning entries in the 18th Congressional District’s 2021 Art Competition. Despite the challenges students faced over the last year, Eshoo’s office received 32 entries from students attending 11 high schools and art programs in her District, as well as 5 entries from students who reside in her District but attend high school outside of it. The winning entry for 2021 is Quarantine Dreams by student artist Anouschka Bechtolsheim. Second Place entry is Seeking Transformation by Suzy Kim, and Third Place entry Chained by Tanvi Thoria.

Congresswoman Eshoo also announced a virtual reception honoring all students who participated in the competition, which will take place on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Members of the public and press are invited to join the event through Zoom. To RSVP please email

“I’m exceedingly proud of the exceptional works of art produced by the student artists in our Congressional District, and I’m pleased to invite educators, artists and community members to honor their work,” said Eshoo. “Student artists have furthered their creative pursuits despite the pandemic. Congratulations to Anouschka and every student who has embraced art to express themselves.”

Painting of person holding pillow surrounded by plants, butterflies, and a white dove.

‘Quarantine Dreams’ by student artist Anouschka Bechtolsheim.

About the Competition

Since 1982, the Congressional Institute has hosted an annual visual art competition for high school students to recognize artistic talent throughout the nation. Attracting more than 650,000 participants nationwide to date, the competition calls for submissions of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and computer-generated art. Judging in the 18th Congressional District competition is done by an independent panel of art community members. This year’s judging panel included distinguished local artists Kit Colman, Rachelle Doorley, Michele Hausman, Katharina Powers, Rebecca Huang and tiebreaking judge Reneé de Cossio. “They all speak for themselves and besides representing ‘hope’ during these tough times, they show us the power and magic of art,” de Cossio said. “Art says what words cannot.”

The winning artwork from each congressional district is exhibited in the U.S. Capitol. The winner may receive two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C., depending on COVID-19 restrictions, for the annual awards ceremony and launch of the exhibition courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Each congressional district winner also receives scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and other contributions from national sponsors.