CAPA Student Wins Congressman Doyle’s 2021 Congressional Arts Competition

June 11, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that Makenzie Sing from Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts School won the First Place ribbon in the 2021 Congressional High School Arts Competition in Pennsylvania.

photo of winning artwork in 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Portrait of Truths"

Ms. Sing’s artwork, a mixed-media collage with pen and ink entitled “Portrait of Truths,” will be displayed in a place of honor in the tunnel of the United States Capitol Building for the next year. Her work was selected out of a field of 20 entries from 4 schools in the 18th Congressional District.  

The Second Place ribbon recipient was Lillian Spencer from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, who was awarded second place for their color pencil composition “Seeing Eye to Eye.”  Her artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Washington, DC, office. 

photo of 2nd place award in 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Seeing Eye to Eye"

Nathan Weaver from CAPA received third place for their acrylic composition entitled “Miners.” Mr. Weaver’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s South Side Pittsburgh office.

photo of 3rd place award in 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Miners"

The Fourth Place ribbon went to Bina Guo from CAPA for their watercolor and pencil composition entitled “Organic Ruin.” Ms. Guo’s composition will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Bethel Park office.

photo of 4th place award in 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Organic Ruin"

The Fifth place award recipient of the 18th District Congressional High School Art Competition was Margaret Tracht from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School for their pen on paper composition “Overgrown.” Ms. Tracht’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s McKeesport District Office for the coming year. 

photo of 5th place award in 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Overgrown"

For the first time this year, Congressman Doyle displayed all of the entries in the art competition online and encouraged the public to choose their favorite work of art. “Unclear,” a watercolor by Zoe McCoy from South Fayette High School received the most votes and was given the “People’s Choice” award.
photo of People's Choice and Honorable Mention awards at 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Unclear"

“We received 20 impressive entries for this year’s competition, and I don’t know how the judges were able to pick a winner,” Congressman Doyle said. “The effort and dedication that these students put into their compositions is clear, and their artistic talents are quite evident in the artwork they submitted.  They all should be very proud of their work.”

The winners were announced and all of the participants were recognized at an online awards ceremony. 

The competition was again sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus of the United States House of Representatives. This was the twenty-sixth art competition that Rep. Doyle has hosted.  All public and private high school students within the 18th Congressional District are eligible to participate in this competition.

“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the young people in our communities,” Congressman Doyle remarked. “It is my pleasure to acknowledge and recognize these individuals and their artistic abilities by sponsoring this event each year.”  

The judges awarded the following students Honorable Mentions for their artwork:

Yutaka Tomokiyo from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School for their acrylic painting on canvas entitled “Stacked;”

photo of Honorable Mention recipient at 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Stacked"

Zoe McCoy from South Fayette High School for their watercolor painting entitled “Unclear;” 

photo of People's Choice and Honorable Mention awards at 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Unclear"

and Annika Vaughan from CAPA for their composition entitled “Solitude.”

photo of Honorable Mention recipient at 2021 Congressional Art Competition - "Solitude"

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