Rep. Cuellar Meets Congressional Art Competition Winner from Roma at Nation’s Capitol
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) recently announced that Roma High School sophomore Melissa Garcia was chosen as this year’s Congressional Art Competition winner for District 28. Today, Congressman Cuellar met with Melissa and her family during a reception in Washington, D.C., where her artwork is currently on display at the U.S. Capitol Building.
Travel for Melissa and her family to Washington was provided by Southwest Airlines and other accommodations by the Upper Valley Art League and Bill Canales of Rio Motors Co. in Rio Grande City.
Melissa’s winning entry is a color pencil drawing on poster board entitled "Acceptance Within," which depicts two cultures coming together and signifies the acceptance of herself as a young Mexican-American woman on the Texas-Mexico border.
“Melissa has a great deal of talent. Her artwork is not only beautiful and deeply inspiring, but it reflects the diversity of the communities on the
First launched in 1982, this year marks the 35th anniversary of the Congressional Art Competition. Since its inauguration, thousands of contests have been held around the country. Throughout the history of the competition, close to 700,000 high school students have participated in the program.