The winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Connecticut's Fifth District have been selected. A sophomore at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury took the top prize. Shannon Rupar made a watercolor painting titled “Farmer’s Market.”
Rupar's piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the next year and she will have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., for the national reception in June honoring winners from districts across the country.
Molly Humphreys, a senior at Nonnewaug, received Honorable Mention for her piece, “Stage-Lights in a New Light,” a charcoal piece on paper. Her piece will remain on display at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. Humphreys was the 2016 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition winner.
A total of 115 pieces of artwork were submitted this year in the 5th District, with students' submissions coming from 13 different schools. Winners were chosen by a panel of local judges. Since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students nationwide have participated in the annual Congressional Art Competition.
This is the fifth consecutive year in which Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has organized the local competition.