2024 Congressional Art Contest

2024 Congressional Art COMPETITION

April 20–May 19, 2024

Juried by Zach Cordner, Claire Kavaya, and Maria Mingalone

Congressman Mike Levin hosted this annual spring event to celebrate high school artists from throughout California’s 49th Congressional District.  

A panel of judges including Claire Kavaya, Zach Cordner, and OMA Executive Director Maria Mingalone convened by Oceanside Museum of Art reviewed 303 submissions from 14 high schools. The 50 featured artworks were selected for their creativity of expression, use of materials, and quality of presentation. The judges awarded First Place to Encinitas Loves Classic Cars by Madeline Morton, a senior at San Dieguito Academy. After appearing here, it will be sent to Washington for display in the United States Capitol.

Many thanks to Arts Orange County for supporting the artists in this event.

Featured Artists:

Addie Desmarais, Alexandra Linlor, Alysa Guise, Audrey Nobles, Ava Zachry, Bell Dye, Bri Kristol, Brookelyn Thompson, Cali Lampe, Charlotte Reed, Cheyenne Crowe, DJ Popova, Emily Johnson, Genevra Bojador, George Crabbe, Gianna Griffin, Haley Reed, Hana Wilhovsky, Hudson Taylor, Jacob Johnson, Jett Bergthold, Joseph Dickinson, Josue Rodriguez Sumano, Jules Locken, Julie Wang, Kylie Martindale, Lana Walters, Lila (Lulu) Siddiqui, Logan Rosenberg, Lucia Caliri, Madeline Morton, Maia Teipel, Makena Bactat, Mallory Hartung, Marcus Harris, Mauricio Penaloza, McKinley Blehm, Morea Voci, Ryan Macedo, Rystyn Williams, Samantha Jones, Sarina Sonnenshein, Shane Gayle, Sienna Kuderka, Sienna Lawrence, Talia Rarick, Taryn Limsico, Thomas Schardt, Victoria Allison, and Wendy Cervantes.

1st Place:

Encinitas Loves Classic Cars by Madeline Morton, San Dieguito Academy


2nd Place:

Color of Music by Lana Walters, Pacific Ridge School


3rd Place:

Moody Ocean by Jules Locken, Oceanside High School


Honorable Mentions:

Shallow by Makena Bactat, JSerra Catholic High School

é un segreto by Gianna Griffin, Santa Fe Christian

Pier Crow by Jett Bergthold, Oceanside High School

Driving on the Strand by Sienna Lawrence, La Costa Canyon High School

Untitled by George Crabbe, Oceanside High School

Sea of Dreams by Taryn Limsico, Sage Creek High School

Clean Slate by Addie Desmarais, Carlsbad High School

Primary Concerns by Kylie Martindale, Pacific Ridge High School

Coastline Pier by Shane Gayle, Oceanside High School

Pleasant Picnic by Brookelyn Thompson, Oceanside High School

2024 49th District Congressional Art Competition Installed at OMA


Zach Cordner first picked up a camera at just fourteen years old. He has worked for the likes of the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Capitol Records, and Vans, and was an official Coachella Music Festival photographer. He is the Creative Director and co-founder of Osider Magazine. He also teaches an afterschool photography program at Oceanside High School, helping students learn the techniques of photojournalism and how to document the world around them.

Clair Kavaya is a French artist and art teacher who taught art in Paris for 16 years before moving to Southern California and continuing her teaching career at The Side Street Art Studio. She studied painting at the University of Fine Arts of Paris (Beaux-Arts de Paris) where her work was very influenced by American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Eric Fischl. After meeting her husband, who was born and raised in San Clemente, she fell in love with Southern California and decided to continue teaching in a spacious studio where everyone can feel comfortable and experience figurative drawing and painting.

Maria Mingalone is the executive director of Oceanside Museum of Art, where she began working in 2017. Her background includes not only expertise in curating and museum education, but also 25 years of progressive museum and nonprofit management expertise. She holds a Masters of Science degree in museum education and leadership from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York, NY. 


If you would like to learn more about the artwork on view please email exhibitions@oma-online.org.

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