Scanlon Announces Winner of PA-05 2021 Congressional Art Competition

Mary Gay Scanlon
5 min readJun 14, 2021


I’m proud to announce that Dyvne Lee, a 10th grader at Strath Haven High School, as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Pennsylvania’s 5th District. Her piece, “There will always be beauty in Brown Eyes,” will be sent to Washington D.C. to hang in the Capitol for one year.

Art is a powerful platform for free expression and can be a moving source of hope or inspiration. Each year, I look forward to this opportunity to view our community through the eyes of my youngest constituents. I am once again overwhelmed by the creativity and honesty these incredible young artists pour into their work. I’m thrilled Dyvne’s stunning photograph will represent our community alongside hundreds of other pieces from around the country at the Capitol.

I want to thank the teachers who worked with us to spread the word about this opportunity to their students. I also want to extend a special thanks to our art competition judges Eric Thompson, Executive Director of Darlington Arts Center, and Nancy Markezin, Moderator of the Community Arts Center’s abstract studio workshop, for working with our office to select a winner.

I invite you to check out the many incredible submissions our office got below:

Winner: There will always be beauty in Brown Eyes.

Dyvne Lee, Strath Haven High School

Runner-Up: Stuck at Home

Ronan Cunicelli, Strath Haven High School

Mixed Media

Hope and Honor, Hope Melendez-Owens
Don’t Settle for Less, Aaron Hanavin
Passion and Pride, Eduardo Diazgranados
Forma Dei Munus, Jack Teehan
Self Image, Adie Woolf
Where ever you go, they are your, Auorora Maholik


Arose, Paige Brown
Home, Jessica Murtha
The Pisces, Ines Zamora
Their Future, Margaret McManus
Snowmelt, Emily Holtz
Entaglement, Audrey Margolies
Untitled Angela Salinero
A World Untouched. Dora Sy
Beauty is Imperfect, Natalie Carotenuto
Black Girl Magic, Tyler Koenig
Release, Brenna Hazlett
Naranja, Leeana Hunt
Mystical Rose, Juliette Crowell
RBG Reigns, Emily Penzone
Bipolar, Molly Willard
A World Impacted, Joe Billie
I am Beautiful, Sarah Behrle
Blue Woman, Annie Tolson
Brace Face, Sophia Cooke
A Blur of the Unconscious, Hannah Smith
Palms Exposed Winnie Kenney


A Balanced Gaze, Zoe Much
Closure, Mia Tran
Injury and Loss, Dahlia Kuzemka
Sunday Tea, Paige Bartholf
Leaf Double Exposure, Justin Hassel
Flower Power, Sofia Testa
Mid-Court Sun, Kai Lincke
A Surprise Gift, Ian Shay
Contact, Eva Switala
Far Away Thoughts, Noah Sacks
The Coronavirus Handshake, Jack Henry


Graphite Self Portrait, Sydney Rosato
Inverse Self Portrait, Ethan Flood
Graphite Self Portrait, Nate Scullin
Mannequin’s Roll, Danny Lin
Untitled, Peuton Masterson
Self Portrait, Ellie Dean
Groceries, Eleanora Grossman
Inverse Portrait, Noah Holaska
Graphite Self Portrait, Sarah Stollsteimer

Computer Generated Art

A Mess, No Question About It, Ah’Myah Wilson
Serenity, Liilie Wendt
Gnome Travels, Gabriel Lawson
The Anatomy of Cognitive Dissonance, Mohen Li



Mary Gay Scanlon

Mary Gay Scanlon currently serves a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.