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Congressman DeSaulnier Announces Northgate High School Junior as Congressional Art Competition Winner for California’s 11th District

Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced Eirene Acosta, Northgate High School Junior, as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District for her digital drawing “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.” Her artwork will be sent to Washington, DC to be displayed in the United States Capitol.

“Every year, the creativity of so many young artists throughout Contra Costa stands out in the submissions we receive for the Congressional Art Competition. The talent and imagination of our community is inspiring,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “Congratulations to Eirene for winning this year’s competition and I look forward to seeing her piece showcased in the U.S. Capitol.”

Monte Vista High School freshman Menglin Cai received runner-up honors for her untitled oil painting and Carondelet High School sophomore Kaitlyn Yasumura received second runner-up honors for her piece “Mr. Brocklehurst.” These works will be displayed in Congressman DeSaulnier’s Walnut Creek and Richmond offices.

A total of 29 works of art were submitted from throughout California’s 11th Congressional District and were judged virtually by the following panel:

  • Sarah Lee, Los Medanos College Art Department
  • Lucy Snow, Los Medanos College Art Department
  • Toru Sugita, Professor of Art, Drawing, & Printmaking and chair of Art Department at Diablo Valley College
  • Anne Austin-Pinata, curator, San Pablo Art Gallery

Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students from across the nation have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has allowed young constituents to showcase their artistic talent and be recognized by their Representatives and communities. The winning piece from California’s 11th District, along with those from all 50 states, will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for the next year.


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