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Costa Mesa High School Student Wins Congressional Art Competition
Posted 6/3/21

Raymond CMHS Art Winner

Raymond Tran-Nguyen First Place Painting, “Unity” (L to R: Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48), CMHS Student Raymond Tran-Nguyen)

Costa Mesa Middle and High School (CMHS) senior Raymond Tran-Nguyen placed first in the People’s Choice Award for the Congressional Art Competition. Raymond’s award-winning oil painting, which illustrates symbolism of current social movements, will be on display in the United States Capitol and featured on's Congressional Art Competition page for one year.

The nationwide high school visual art competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. This year's theme for the 48th congressional district was “Coastal Heroes”, featuring the heroes that work in our communities. Representative Michelle Steel’s office received nearly 40 submissions from her congressional district. 

The original design artwork required specific criteria to be met, such as dimensions and specified art mediums. The top three finalists were chosen by a panel of judges that included professional artists, persons in the art industry, and advocates of the arts - the winner was selected by the public through online voting. Raymond won 1st place from the judges and tied for 1st place in the People's choice award.

While Raymond’s award was for painting, he also is a skilled artist in drawing, printmaking, and photography. His work has gained a high-quality reputation as a sports photographer in southern California sports and even earned him a press pass for major sporting events, such as CIF track and field and cross country competitions.

“We are proud of Raymond and overjoyed that his talents and hard work have gained him this deserving recognition!” said CMHS Visual Arts Teacher Kirby Piazza. “His painting is beautiful, timely, and a symbolic art piece,” he said.

Raymond plans to attend the University of California, Irvine, and major in the Arts. Visit Raymond’s website to view his art and photography portfolio.