A virtual reception

Congressional art winners recognized despite cancellation of in-person celebration


ROCHELLE — Last academic year, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger chose Marlen Hueramo’s drawing entitled “El Loro” for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, a celebration of artistic discovery by the nation’s high school students.
El Loro is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol; however, Hueramo will not get to see it exhibited there with the other winners’ works as is generally part of the winning recipient’s prize.
Like so many activities this year, The Congressional Institute cannot host the traditional in-person reception celebrating the winners.

“We know how much students and their families appreciate being able to see their artwork (hanging) in the Capitol,” Kinzinger’s aide, Leah Bohlmann, recently told Hueramo.
In place of the in-person experience, The Congressional Institute created a virtual reception featuring videos from the Congressional Co-Chairs, Rep. Warren Davidson and Del. Gregorio Sablan, as well as letters from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The virtual 2020 Congressional Art Competition Virtual Reception is available at https://www.congressionalinstitute.org/how-to-enter/.
An up-close look at each of the winning pieces is available at https://www.congressionalinstitute.org/2020-winners/.
Currently, each of the winners’ artwork is on display in the Cannon Tunnel which connects the congressional offices to the Capitol. It is among the busiest thoroughfares in Washington.