Art Competition


Congressman Riggleman Announces Winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition 

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Denver Riggleman announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Virginia’s 5th District today. Albemarle High School sophomore, Mia Liang, placed first for her acrylic piece, “Summer Under the Blue Ridge”.

"Mia's piece is an incredible portrayal of life and beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is at the heart our district and my home county of Nelson. I would like to thank all the students who entered the competition.  The level of talent was truly amazing." said Congressman Riggleman. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual arts competition that recognizes artistic talent from every district in the country. Virginia’s 5th District contest was judged by an Art Advisory Board, which is comprised of artists, professional photographers, art gallery owners, and other art enthusiasts. Ms. Liang’s winning artwork, along with other winners nationwide, will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol tunnel.  

Ms. Liang said, "I am so honored to have been selected for this recognition and was absolutely elated when I got the news that I had won. My piece, "Summer under the Blue Ridge," was inspired by the scenery on the golf course where I play for days on end during my summers. I created this piece to really emphasize the beauty of the game, which not enough people appreciate or even acknowledge. Golf, unlike many other sports, is not a test of brute strength, but of patience, passion, and confidence, which I think is a good metaphor for life as well. When I began this piece, I was excited to challenge myself with painting a figure that was in motion and to capture the different values of skin tones, which I had never done before. As I continue my journey through art, I hope to experience with more media and expand my horizons beyond the realistic style of art. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude and honor that I feel for having my artwork selected by the Art Advisory Board and Congressman Denver Riggleman. I would like to thank them, along with my art teacher, Mrs. Angela Paschal, who has done nothing but support me in this journey and my golf coach, Kandi Comer, who introduced me to the beautiful game of golf. Most importantly, I’d like to recognize my family who are my biggest fans."

Monticello High School freshman, Molly Woodfin, placed second with her pencil drawing, “A Father and His Son”. Third place went to Julia Bradshaw, a junior at Monticello High School, for her acrylic, “Jellyfish”.  Honorable Mentions were Elizabeth Durham, a senior at Chatham High School, for her colored pencil, “Amphibian Art”, and Olivia Spiggle, a junior at Cornerstone Christian Academy, for her pencil drawing, “Hands”.