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Burgess: Recognizes Students at Congressional Art Competition

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) is pleased to announce the top three winners of this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Grand Prize: “Acceptance” by Geraldi Morales

Geraldi Morales is a sophomore at Little Elm High School, and she won the 2022 Grand Prize with her graphite drawing entitled “Acceptance”. This is the first time Little Elm ISD has had the top winner in the contest. Geraldi’s art instructor is Kelly Sutherland.


As the Grand Prize winner, Geraldi will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol. She has been invited to attend the national art competition gallery opening and reception on Capitol Hill later this month. The competition art jurist, Ms. Sharon Warwick, remarked, “It is unusual to see a portrait in profile and the expression perfectly show the last stage of grief or loss, acceptance. The title perfectly amplifies the meaning.”

First Place: “Oh Those Stars and Stripes” by Treasure Collins


Treasure Collins is a junior at Ryan High School in Denton and a student of Aimee Foutch. She won First Place for her oil pastel entitled “Oh Those Stars and Stripes”. Treasure will have her artwork displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the upcoming year. The art jurist commented “the first-place winner is done in a very difficult medium, and it is so skillfully done that you can see the stiches of the flag.”

“Texas Choice” Winner: “Illusive” by Lisa Chenault


The public was invited to view the student entries posted on Congressman Burgess’ website and vote online for their favorite artwork. The top vote-getter of the over 1500 votes received in the 2022 contest was named the “Texas Choice” winner. Lisa Chenault was the “Texas Choice” winner for her oil painting entitled “Illusive.” Lisa is a senior and student of Nancy Lawrence at Flower Mound High School. Lisa’s artwork will also be displayed for the upcoming year in the Lake Dallas district office.

2022 Congressional Art Competition Winners Photo (L to R): First Place Winner Treasure Collins, Texas Choice Winner Lisa Chenault, Grand Prize Winner Geraldi Morales


In addition, while the students’ artworks were posted online, the art jurist selected the finalists in this year’s competition. She chose one artwork from each participating of the participating 18 high schools as “Best of School,” and additional pieces she judged based upon artistic merit were named as “Juror’s Choice”. The finalists will receive a “Special Certificate of Congressional Recognition.”