This week, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) announced the winners of the 2024 Second District Congressional Art Competition at a reception for student participants, families, teachers, and judges. The Congressional Art Competition is a yearly national competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the country and in each congressional district. 

 Isabel Chang, a senior from Cary Academy, created this year’s winning piece, “The Constellation Seamstress.” The piece was chosen by a panel of arts professionals and educators from Wake County and will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. 

The Constellation Seamstress

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tradition I look forward to every year,” said Congresswoman Ross. “This exciting competition allows students from across Wake County to express themselves creatively and tell extraordinary stories through their artwork. This year, we had a record-breaking 97 students submit their artwork, and I was blown away by their talent and ingenuity. I’m so proud to represent these phenomenal students in Congress and can’t wait to bring a piece of Wake County back to Washington with me.”

1st Place Winner: “The Constellation Seamstress” by Isabel Chang of Cary Academy [pictured above]

2nd Place Winner: “Dreams of Koi” by Sara Allen of Enloe Magnet High School [Click here to view

3rd Place Winner: “Medical Battlefield” by Janvi Vora of Enloe Magnet High School [Click here to view

Honorable Mention: “Our Future” by Martha Nichols of Cardinal Gibbons High School [Click here to view

Congresswoman Ross’ office also opens voting to the public with the “People’s Choice Award.” This year’s winner is: “Honoring the Life that One Lived” by Sarah Mester [Click here to view]

To view all the entries, click here. The first place winner will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for a year alongside artwork from students in all 50 states. The second place winner will hang in Congresswoman Ross’ Washington D.C. office, and third place will hang in her Raleigh office.