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Congressman Juan Vargas

Representing the 51st District of California

Rep. Vargas Announces Maia Ysiano from Brawley Union High School as the Winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 24, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2018)— Rep. Juan Vargas announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 51st Congressional District at a reception with students, parents, and teachers in Calexico, CA.

“I was very impressed by the students’ submissions for this year’s art competition,” said Rep. Juan Vargas. “From the Salton Sea to the beaches in San Diego, the artwork reflected the diverse landscapes of our district and captured what makes our communities so special. Congratulations to Maia Ysiano and thank you to all the students who participated.”

The first place winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for CA-51 is Maia Ysiano from Brawley Union High School. Her winning art piece titled “The Dying Beauty” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning pieces from high school students from Congressional districts across the United States.

“What inspired me in this painting is how the Salton Sea once was a beautiful attraction in the Imperial Valley for many tourists, but now it is very polluted and is a health hazard to the residents of the Imperial Valley,” said first place winner, Maia Ysiano.  

Each year, Congressman Vargas also honors the second and third place winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Second place winner Miguel Rios, from Calipatria High School, was awarded for his work, “Farming Equipment.” Mattaja Willie from Dehesa Charter School was awarded third place for her piece titled “Breaking Over IB.”