Johnathan Brooks, a senior in the Deer Park School District, earns second place in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition
Deer Park student Johnathan Brooks secured second place in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition for Washington’s Fifth Congressional District. His watercolor painting, “A Feast,” will be proudly displayed in Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office.
The artistic prowess of high school students in Eastern Washington was celebrated in the recent Congressional Art Competition. Among the winners, Johnathan Brooks, a talented Deer Park School District senior, claimed the second-place position with his captivating watercolor creation titled “A Feast.” The artwork will find its place of honor in McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office, showcasing the impressive talent of our local youth.
Brooks’ watercolor masterpiece, “A Feast,” demonstrates his skillful brushwork and imaginative storytelling. The intricate details and vibrant colors used in the artwork bring the composition to life, capturing the attention of both the judges and art enthusiasts.
Johnathan Brooks placed 4th in Congressional Art Competition 2022. You can read more about that here: https://dpgazette.com/0js3e.
About The Competition
The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event that invites high school students from across the United States to submit their artwork for consideration. The winning piece from each congressional district is displayed in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol, an area frequently traversed by members of Congress, staff, and visitors. In addition, the competition serves as a platform to highlight young artists’ creative achievements.
This competition offers a platform for talented young artists to showcase their work and promotes the significance of art education in shaping the next generation. Through their dedication and creativity, students like Johnathan Brooks are leaving a lasting impression on the community and beyond.
Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers expressed her admiration for the exceptional artworks submitted this year. She acknowledged the remarkable talent displayed by Eastern Washington’s next generation and highlighted art teachers’ profound impact on their students. McMorris Rodgers was particularly moved by the winning piece by Nicole Kenney, titled “Soldier’s Reunion,” which portrays the sacrifices made by military families from Fairchild Air Force Base and nationwide.
WINNER: Soldier’s Reunion by Nicole Kenney
In addition to Johnathan Brooks’ outstanding achievement, the third-place winner, Allison Hendricks, a junior at University High School, impressed the judges with her oil and acrylic painting, “Capricornus.” This masterpiece will adorn the congresswoman’s Colville office, serving as a testament to the artistic aptitude nurtured in local high schools.
THIRD PLACE: Capricornus by Allison Hendricks
Rivia Wilkie, a junior from Colville High School, secured the fourth-place position with a captivating watercolor creation, “The Mysterious River.” The artwork will be prominently displayed in Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ Walla Walla office, showcasing the talent and diversity of the local art community.
FOURTH PLACE: The Mysterious River by Rivia Wilkie
- “McMorris Rodgers Announces 2023 Congressional Art Competition Winner: Nicole Kenney from Kettle Falls.” Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 17 May 2023, https://mcmorris.house.gov/posts/mcmorris-rodgers-announces-2023-congressional-art-competition-winner-nicole-kenney-from-kettle-falls. Accessed 18 May 2023.