Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Recognizes Congressional Art Contest Winner

June 17, 2011
Press Release

Sugar Land, TX – Rep. Pete Olson recognized Brittany Seay, a senior at Pasadena Memorial High School, for her winning submission to the annual Congressional Art Contest. Her piece entitled “The Beginning”  features a detailed colored pencil drawing of a young girl and her horse. Olson congratulated Brittany and her family at a special meeting in his office. The winning piece will now be on display in the Capitol for a year.

"I'm pleased to commend Brittany’s talent and privileged to share her artwork with the nation," Olson said. "Visitors from across the country will see firsthand the talent we have here in the 22nd Congressional District. Brittany’s piece is a credit to her hard work and vision and is a tribute to her parents and teachers who have helped foster her talent.”
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Olson will also be displaying the art of selected runner-up winners in his own offices in Washington, Clear Lake and Sugar Land for the year.

Texas 22nd District Winners:

•    The first place winner is Brittany Seay a Senior at Pasadena Memorial.  “The Beginning” featuring a young girl with her horse in colored pencil will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
•    The first runner up is Julian Casares a Senior at Pasadena Memorial. "Ready to Work" featuring a pencil sketch of a tractor will be displayed in Rep. Olson’s Washington, DC office.
•    The second runner up is Stephen Alcala, last year's winner and a Junior at Pasadena Memorial. "Ahead of the Herd," a new piece, features a stunningly detailed cow in a field done in colored pencil. It will be displayed in Rep. Olson’s Sugar Land Office.
•    The third runner up is Samuel Stewart, a Senior at Pasadena Memorial. His piece, "A Country's Beauty," features the portrait of a cowgirl on her horse and will be displayed in Rep. Olson’s Clear Lake Office.  

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each Congressional District. The over-all winner from each district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Pete Olson with winning artist Brittany Seay a Senior at Pasadena Memorial High School.


Brittany Seay's winning piece "The Beginning" on display at the Capitol.


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly