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Congressman Bentz Announces 2021 Congressional Art Competition Winner: MacElle Kirsch of Pendleton High School

May 11, 2021


The winning piece: North American Bobcat in the Snow is a collage of glue and magazine clippings picturing an attentive North American bobcat trudging through the snow.

ONTARIO, ORE.Today, Congressman Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) announced that MacElle Kirsch, a senior at Pendleton High School, has been selected as the overall winner for Oregon’s Second Congressional District in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. MacElle’s artwork, North American Bobcat in the Snow, was selected by a panel of five judges who praised the composition and quality of the piece as well as the creative color palette.

"I am pleased to congratulate MacElle on this terrific achievement," said Bentz. "Her original artwork will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside the winning pieces from other congressional districts across the country. I am excited to see North American Bobcat in Snow each day, as I walk to and from the House Chamber, representing our district and MacElle's creative talent. She should feel very proud!"

Bentz also announced four regional winners from Oregon’s Second District. Each regional winner will have his or her art displayed in one of Congressman Bentz’s offices in Medford, OR; Ontario, OR; or Washington, D.C.

Congressman Bentz also thanked the judges for the 2021 competition. "I am very thankful to the judges who volunteered their time and expertise to our district's art competition," said Bentz. "They helped make this year's competition not just memorable but also a great success."

 Judges for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in Oregon’s Second Congressional District included:

  • Kim Hearon - Executive Director, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford
  • Cody Bustamante - Professor of Painting and Drawing, South Oregon University, Ashland
  • Michael Sell - Associate Professor of Art, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande
  • Lori Sams - Gallery Director, Feves Art Gallery, Pendleton
  • Ted Fink - Chair, Fine and Performing Arts, Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide program for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to highlight the importance of art education. Since its start in 1982, more than 700,000 high school students from around the country have participated. For more information on the competition, please visit