Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Announces Winner of 2017 Congressional Art Competition

May 20, 2017
Press Release

TUCSON –U.S. Representative Martha McSally today that Michael Fisher, a junior at City High School in Tucson, took first place in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Michael’s colored-pencil drawing “Bottles,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year and he will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception along with other Congressional district winners.

“Congratulations to Michael and all the participants of this year’s competition for their hard work and exceptional pieces of art,” said Rep. McSally. “This year’s submissions reflected Southern Arizona’s vibrant and diverse culture, and the amount of creative pieces of art we saw highlights the immense talent of our young artists.”

First place winner Junior Michael Fisher with his drawing, “Bottles” next to Rep. McSally

This year, 66 students from 12 high schools in the Second District participated in the art competition. Second place went to Kathleen Goodwin, a senior at Walden Grove High School for her photograph, “Modern Myth,” and third place when to Skye Medina, a ninth grade student at City High School for her charcoal drawing entitled “Portrait.” Their paintings will be displayed in the Tucson and Sierra Vista offices respectively. The winners were selected by a panel of local art experts: Sheila McGinnis, Jenea Sanchez, and Michelle Rouch.

Rep. McSally with Congressional Art Competition winner Michael Fisher, second place winner  Kathleen Goodwin, third place winner Skye Medina, and winner for craftsmanship and technique, Michaela Everett. 

Rep. McSally also announced the winner of a new award, the “People’s Choice” award, selected by constituents who voted for their favorite submission on Rep. McSally’s Facebook page. The artwork that received the most votes was “Arizona Canyons” – a watercolor by Pauline Barrera who is a senior at Flowing Wells High School. Her art work will be displayed in Rep. McSally’s office in Washington, DC.

Rep. McSally with People’s Choice winner, Pauline Barrera.


To view all the submissions, click HERE.

To view photos of the event, click HERE.