Today, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced Sanford resident and Seminole High School student Danielle Shenkman as the winner of her 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Murphy recently hosted her third annual art competition for high school students in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. A panel of local art teachers reviewed dozens of student submissions and ultimately selected Shenkman’s piece, Ode to Quarantine, as the winning artwork. Pending federal, Florida and Washington D.C. COVID-19 restrictions, the Congressional Institute—which sponsors the yearly competition—will fly Shenkman to Washington, D.C. for a special ceremony alongside the winners of other participating congressional districts across America. Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year and featured on the official Congressional Art Competition website.
Danielle Shenkman and her winning piece “An Ode to Quarantine.”
“Our third annual Congressional Art Competition included an impressive number of talented artists from Central Florida,” said Murphy. “I want to congratulate Danielle for being selected to represent our artistic community in the halls of Congress, and I look forward to seeing her creative work displayed at the U.S. Capitol.”
More than 650,000 high school students have participated in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Artistic Discovery competition since it began in 1982. The Congressional Institute sponsors the nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district across America.