Azenette Hernandez, a senior at Eastwood High School, was selected as the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition for her artwork “Mi Querido Apa.” The piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) announced the winners at a showcase and reception she hosted in El Paso.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate Azenette and all the aspiring young artists for enriching the 2023 Congressional Art Competition with their talent, creativity, and skills,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “I would like to thank the judges, teachers, family members, and of course, the artists for their dedication to the arts and participation in this competition. I cannot wait to see Azenette again in DC and admire her artwork in our Capitol.”
In addition, Nqaining Tan Chen from Eastwood High School received an Honorable Mention and Bel Air HS teacher Mr. Ramiro Ordoñez received recognition for the Teacher with Most Participation with 17 submissions.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. This year, Congresswoman Escobar’s office had 86 pieces of art from 16 different high schools for the competition.