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DelBene Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Last night, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene announced that Nicole Carpenter, a sophomore from Lake Washington High School, won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. DelBene joined students, parents and teachers from across Washington’s First District at VALA Eastside in Redmond for a ceremony honoring all of this year’s participants.

Carpenter’s winning piece is titled “Peace Within,” created with ink and watercolor. It will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winning artworks from across the country. 

“The quality of work at this year’s competition shows the kind of talent and creativity coming out of our community. While I’m sure it was a tough call for the judges, I’m so proud of everyone who took the time to express themselves through their artwork,” said Rep. DelBene.

The three judges were local artists Kevin Hartman and Jacqueline Calladine, and gallery owner Ryan James.

Below is a list of the winner and runners-up announced at last night’s reception:


Nicole Carpenter, Lake Washington High School, “Peace Within” (ink and watercolor)

Runners Up:

1st Runner Up: Rebecca Robinson-Elmslie, Junior, Home School, “Fluttering Thoughts” (oil paint on wood)

2nd Runner Up: Olivia Thomas, Senior from Redmond High School, “Face Paint” (paper cutting)

3rd Runner Up: Katie Pangborn, Senior from Redmond High School, “KATIE” (watercolor, embroidery & ink)

4th Runner Up: Emma VandeVoort, Freshman from Lynden Christian High School, “Mountain Village” (digital art)

5th Runner Up: Cole Nugent, Senior from Glacier Peak High School, “Old Friends” (photography)