Pinellas County Arts Students Honored at the 2019 Congressional Art Competition

Sebastian Arnoux of St. Petersburg High School won Best of Show in the 2019 Congressional Art Exhibit. Seventy high school students were honored at the exhibition for the 13th District.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist congratulated student artists selected for the exhibit. The artwork will be on display through May 19 at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg.

Sebastian’s Best of Show artwork will travel to Washington DC for display with other Congressional district winners in the Cannon Tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol.

Several Pinellas County students were awarded Honorable Mentions:

  • Charlotte Bayly, Clearwater High School
  • Kaela Piotti, Gibbs High School
  • Lia Quinn, Northside Christian School
Congressional Art Competion awards, Sebastian Arnoux, Charlotte Bayly, Kaela Piotti, Lia Quinn and Representative Charlie Crist

You can find out more about this opportunity for high school artists at