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Congressman Higgins Announces Winners of Annual Student Art Competition

May 14, 2019
Press Release
Winning Piece Headed to U.S. Capitol

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the winners of the annual Congressional Art Competition.  This year Congressman Higgins received over 40 pieces of artwork from students from 11 local high schools. 


The top winner from each congressional district is invited to Washington, D.C. for the official unveiling of the gallery, featuring artwork from around the nation, on display in the Cannon Tunnel to the Capitol Building.  The 2019 Grand Prize winner from Congressman Higgins’ district is John F. Kennedy High School student Bailey Boyer who submitted a uniquely small but impressive oil piece titled “Mini City, Big Heart.”

“The creativity of local student artists is impressive and diverse,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We are proud to have the opportunity to highlight this incredible artwork here in the Larkin Building and see a Western New York artist’s work on display in the Nation’s capital.”

Below is a complete list of this year’s winners:

Best in SHOW

Name: Bailey Boyer

School: John F. Kennedy High School

Title: Mini City, Big Heart

Medium: Oil Painting


Best of WNY

Name: Sunjida Islam

School: Lewis J. Bennett High School of Innovative Technology

Title: Standard Grain Elevator

Medium: Akua ink and pastel


Online People Choice

Name: Fowjiya Anisha

School: South Park High School

Title: Balance Has Blossomed

Medium: Colored Pencil


1st Runner up

Name: Albert M. Baker

School: Cardinal O’Hara High School

Title: My Hometown Movie Theater

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas


2nd Runner up

Name: Madeline Bigouette

School: Mount Mercy Academy

Title: Sockeye Salmon

Medium: watercolor markers, inking pen, white gel pen


Art submissions from high school students throughout the district were on display in a local art show held in the lobby of the Larkin at Exchange Building. Congressman Higgins hosted a ceremony for teachers, students and their families where the top winners were announced.  


The public was also invited to vote for their favorite piece through an online gallery featuring the students’ work. This year over 480 online votes were tallied through the virtual gallery on our website. The public selected “Balance Has Blossomed” which received a total of 76 votes.

Serving as judges this year were: Leslie Zemsky, a local artist, Larkin District Director of Fun and past President of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Board of Directors; Nancy Parisi, a photographer and journalist contributing to The Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree Magazine and past President of CEPA Gallery; and Bridget Schaefer owner of Meccay Photography which specializes in lifestyle, wedding and concert photography.