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Ruppersberger: Joppatowne High School Student Wins Art Contest

Jun 26, 2019
Press Release
Edgewood’s Ashley Peña Wins Annual Congressional Art Contest

(Timonium, MD) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today announced Edgewood teen Ashley Peña as the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland’s Second District. Peña, a senior at Joppatowne High School, submitted a digital photograph entitled “Upside Down.” The piece, which depicts a mirror-image of a girl at the beach, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year, providing inspiration to more than 12,000 Capitol visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the House floor for votes each day.

“All of the submissions we received this year were

 incredible, but I was particularly impressed with Ashley’s digital photograph,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Her piece is a great example of the talent we have in Maryland’s Second District. I want to thank Ashley and all of the talented students who participated in the 

contest this year and with them much luck in the pursuit of their passion for the arts.”

Sponsored each spring by the Congressional Institute, the Congressional Art Contest is a national high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the contest.

Peña’s piece, among 41 other entries submitted by high school students across the Second District, was selected by a panel of local artists and art teachers appointed by Congressman Ruppersberger. Please feel free to use the image of “Upside Down,” included below.