Winter Park U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy announced the winner of her 2018 Congressional Art Competition Monday.

Trinity Preparatory School senior Jessie Li White’s piece, titled “Self-Portrait,” was selected as the winner from a field of 50 submissions. The selection was made by a panel of local art teachers.

“I am so impressed by the creativity that students showcased during our Congressional Art Competition, and I commend Jessie and all the young artists that participated,” Murphy said. “For the second year in a row, we had incredible participation from students representing high schools from every part of our district, so I’m grateful to the teachers and parents who continue to inspire students to develop their artistic talents. I’m proud to do my part in Congress to support and nurture creativity in all our children.”

The Congressional Institute, which sponsors the yearly competition, will now fly White to Washington for a special ceremony alongside the winners of other participating congressional districts. Her piece will also be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year and featured on the Congressional Art Competition website.

In 2017, all 27 of Florida’s congressional districts participated in the art competition. Florida winners selected in 2017 and prior years can be viewed on the Congressional Institute website. 2018 winners are not yet available to view online.

Now in its 36th year, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Artistic Discovery competition has received more than 650,000 submissions from high school students across the country.

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.

Murphy has represented Florida’s 7th Congressional District since 2017. It includes all of Seminole County and the and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida.

A photo of White’s piece is below.

"Self-Portait" by Jessie Li White

Jessie Li White’s award winning art piece, titled “Self-Portrait.”

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