May 6, 2015

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier announced Tuesday that Charles Alston of Richmond won the grand prize of the 2015 11th Congressional District High School Art Competition.

Alston’s impressive oil-based painting entitled “Self-Portrait” (shown above) will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. along with winning artwork from congressional districts throughout the nation.

Next month, Alston, a senior at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts, will head to D.C. for a national reception celebrating the opening of the Capitol Exhibition.

Runners-up for the 11th district included Kelisha Abad with her piece “Symmetry” and Jessica Perez with “War on Hunger.” Both are students at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill.

The annual art show is open to all high school districts residing within the 11th district. The pieces were judged at Diablo Valley College by Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commissioner Dr. Darwin Marable, Saint Mary’s College of Moraga Art and Art History Professor Andrew Mount, and DVC Art and Photography Department Instructor Michelle Krup.

“I extend my congratulations for a job well done to all of the talented young artists who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition and take this opportunity to recognize the Grand Prize winner from the Eleventh District, Charles Alston, whose work I look forward to seeing showcased in the U.S. Capitol Building,” DeSaulnier said in a statement.

Since 1982, more than 650,000 high school students nationwide have participated in the Congressional Art Competition.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.