Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

McCaul Announces Spring Student Winner of 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Jun 2, 2017
Press Release
Abigail Ott chosen as Texas-10 winner of Congressional Art Competition; work to be displayed in U.S. Capitol for a national audience.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) announced that Abigail Ott of Spring, TX has been selected as the overall winner for Texas’s Tenth Congressional District in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  Abigail’s artwork, titled Summer of Shakes, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  

Congressman McCaul: “I was very impressed with the quality of artwork we received this year from TX-10.  Specifically, congratulations to Abigail for being chosen as this year’s winner.  Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year among some of the best student artwork from around the country.  I also want to commend runner-ups Diego and Emily for their outstanding art pieces. These accomplishments are a true testament to their artistic skill and it makes me proud to know such promising talent resides in the 10th District of Texas.” 

This year, 30 students from around the district participated in the TX-10 Congressional Art Competition.  Below are this year’s 2nd place winner and People’s Choice Award:

2nd Place Winner

Diego Carlson from Pflugerville High School

Title of artwork: Come and Take It

People’s Choice Award

This award was given to the artwork with the most “likes” on Facebook.

Emily Yang from Cypress Ranch High School

Title of artwork: A Movement in Grace


The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in Texas’s 10th district and throughout the country. Since it began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.