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Kuster Announces Winner of 2021 Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s Second District

**‘Adulations of Aberrant Green’ by Matthew Jolin wins New Hampshire’s Second District Congressional Art Competition**

  • Ava Burbank_The Fall of Icarus_Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
  • Ava Burbank_Untitled_Oil Paint on Canvas Panel
  • Ava Burbank_Wise Woman_Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
  • Behind the Scene
  • Burnap_Morgan_Sea_Splash_Digital_Color_Photograph
  • Burnap_Morgan_Strength_Digital_Color_Photograph
  • Emma Bilodeau_A Golden Opportunity_Digital Color Photograph
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  • Look Into the Future
  • Oliver Neuschuez_Someones Hand Digital B and W Photograph
  • Sawyer_Pedersen_ Classic_ American_ Digital Color Photograph
  • Sawyer_Pedersen_ Steam_in_the_Snow_ Digital_Color_Photograph
  • Sawyer_Pedersen_Fresh_Snow_ Digital_Color_Photograph
  • Skyler_Arnold_Old_Lonesome_Tree_B_and_W_Photograph
  • Skyler_Arnold_Scenic_NH_Digital_Color_Photograph
  • Abigail (Eren) Perrault.The Blobs
  • Colin Coolidge.Hebert Sunrise
  • Colin Coolidge.Late Winter Sunrise
  • Vanessa Maslauskas.Orange sunrise
  • Vanessa Maslauskas.Wonder

A full-resolution photo of the winning artwork is available HERE.


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that Matthew Jolin of Ashland — a student at Plymouth Regional High School — is this year’s winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District for his digital illustration titled, ‘Adulations of Aberrant Green.’ Young artists from schools across New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District submitted original artwork to be considered for this year’s competition. Matthew’s winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, and he will be invited to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. to view the display in person when it is safe to do so. 


“I want to sincerely congratulate Matthew on the selection of his wonderful work of art to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol,” said Rep. Kuster. “I’m grateful to our judges, who evaluated more than 20 incredible pieces of art for this year’s Second Congressional District Art Competition. Thank you to all of the students who submitted their original and creative artwork, and I look forward to admiring Matthew’s piece in the Capitol.”


“I love art. As a person that struggles quite a lot with general communication and making connections with people, I like to put my thoughts, feelings, and struggles into art,” said Matthew Jolin. “This piece is nothing short of an errant expedition, motivated solely by my own penchant for nature — in this particular case: barn owls. Each owl seen in this piece is meant to represent a certain individual in my life, and the colors and patterns are meant to contribute symbolically to said, individual. The depths of meaning in this piece are nothing that I could explicate in the brevity of a summary, so I leave it up to the viewer’s imagination to discern my intentions.”


This year’s winner was chosen by a panel of judges from New England College. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide Members of Congress with an opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Kuster has participated in the Congressional Art Competition annually since taking office in 2013.