Luján Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner


“Raising New Mexico” by Kira Medina of Raton, NM. Courtesy Photo.


Nambé, N.M. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced this week that Kira Medina, a student from Raton, is the winner of the New Mexico Third Congressional District’s 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

The theme of this year’s Congressional Art Competition was “Art Overcomes” to showcase the resilience and strength of communities across New Mexico during the current public health crisis. Medina’s “Raising New Mexico” artwork is attached and can be viewed here.

Congressman Luján also announced the opportunity to award a “District Favorite” winner. The winner will be chosen based on Facebook “likes” of all submitted artwork by this Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. MT. The “District Favorite” will be displayed in Luján’s Santa Fe office for the coming year.

“Congratulations to Kira Medina of Raton on winning the 2020 Congressional Art Competition and inspiring us with her creativity and artistic talent. I’m grateful to Kira and all of the students who participated in this year’s competition – including their teachers – for showcasing the resilience of New Mexicans during this time,” said Luján. “I am excited that Kira’s artwork will be featured in the U.S. Capitol to represent New Mexico’s Third Congressional District.”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.