June 29, 2022

Cárdenas Announces Winner of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

The winner visited Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY — Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced Danella Vigil, a graduating senior at Mission Continuation High School, as the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

“Every year San Fernando Valley students submit works of art that are as inspiring as they are impressive,” said Congressman Cárdenas.  “I’d like to congratulate our winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition, Danella Vigil, for her piece ‘In Youth We Trust.’ Her artwork is already hanging in the halls of Congress and inspiring countless visitors from across the country.”


First Place: Danella Vigil, graduating senior at Mission Continuation High School

Prize: $1000 and trip to Washington, D.C. 

In Youth We Trust 

First place_In Youth We Trust_Daniela Vigil


Danella’s painting, “In Youth We Trust,” conveys the innocence of childhood as well as the struggles Latina girls face in their households. Latinas are often expected to mature quickly and take on roles that cause them to miss out on their childhoods. The teddy bear in the painting represents innocence, and the way the subject is holding the teddy bear represents the responsibilities she now holds. 

As the winner in California’s 29th Congressional District, Danella visited Washington, D.C. to see her artwork displayed in the Capitol and received $1000.


Second Place: Sarahi Lopez, graduating senior at ArTES Magnet 

Prize: $300


Second place_coalesce_Sarahi Lopez


Third Place: Beverly Regino, junior at Van Nuys Senior High School

Prize: $200

Is it Me? This is Me.

Third place painting Is it me this is me


Fourth Place: Joceline Tejeda, graduating senior at Arleta High School

Prize: $100 


Fourth place_Recollection_Joceline Tejeda


Fifth Place: Geraldine Suniga, graduating senior at Daniel Peral Magnet High School

Prize: $100 

A Bouquet Of Me

Fifth place_A Bouquet Of Me_Geraldine Suniga




Honorable Mention: Ashley Rodríguez, junior at ArTES Magnet

Día de Muertos

Honorable Mention_Día de muertos_Ashley Rodriguez


“Each work of art submitted to the competition was a window into the talent, thoughtfulness and creativity of the young artists in our community. I appreciate every student who participated this year – thank you for sharing your unique form of self-expression with us. The arts are a vital part of a well-rounded education, and I hope this competition reminds students, teachers and parents of the importance of investing in the arts,” Congressman Cárdenas continued. 

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, hundreds of thousands of high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.