SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th, has announced the winners of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

This annual event is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. This competition is open to all high school students in the 7th Congressional district and was moved to a digital format this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 winners are:

1st Place: Gloria Liu, Skillman, NJ, Keke Studio (Belle Meade, NJ) – "An Innocent Smile"

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2nd Place: Natalie Baumann, Bridgewater Raritan High School – "Windows to the Soul"

3rd Place: Elizabeth Blank, New Providence High School – "Wind of Hues"

“This painting depicts the innocent smile of a baby. The adorable smile demonstrates what pure hope, kindness and happiness are like in a world of turmoil,.” Liu said.

The first-place winner’s work will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol as well as on Malinowski’s website and social media pages. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from contest winners nationwide. The second and third place honorees will have their artwork displayed in the congressman’s offices in Washington, DC and district office in Somerville.

This competition was open to all high school students in the 7th Congressional district and was judged by a panel of leaders within the local art community.