Congressional Art Competition Reception at the Mattatuck Museum

IMG_5762Waterbury, CT –  Join Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for a reception honoring high school art students from the state’s fifth congressional district in the Mattatuck Museum’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. First, second, and third place winners will be announced. The top winner will be invited to join Congresswoman Esty in Washington, D.C. at the national awards ceremony honoring winners from across the country. Light refreshments and cake will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of students across the country. Last year, high school students across central and northwest Connecticut submitted 125 works of art to the competition. The winner for the 2015 competition was Lillian Sanchez, a senior at Wilby High School in Waterbury, for her painting, Still Life of Spills. Her painting is currently displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winning pieces from students from all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (

Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Malcolm, Manager of Youth & Family Programs (203) 753-0381 x 114