Rep. Bishop Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

The Office of Rep. Rob Bishop has selected a water color painting by 18-year-old Sayrah Rich for display on Capitol Hill. 

Sayrah’s painting, Flags, is based on a photograph her father took at a flag ceremony during the dedication of the Brigham City LDS temple. Sayrah is a recent graduate of Sky View High School in Smithfield, UT. The annual competition chooses one piece of art from each congressional district for display in a heavily trafficked walkway leading to the U.S. Capitol Building. Rep. Rob Bishop offered the following statement:

“Sayrah has provided us with a work of art perfectly suited for display in the U.S. Capitol. The patriotic theme and the vibrant colors have already drawn comments from observers who remark on the optimistic message it inspires. I am proud that Sayrah’s work will represent Utah’s first district and be displayed on Capitol Hill for the coming year.”

Sayrah and her mother travelled to Washington to meet with Rep. Bishop and to see Flags on display. A luncheon was also held to honor the winning student artists. Sayrah said, “Normal people like me don’t win stuff like this, so it’s cool.”

Sayrah’s mother, Laury Schwartz said, “When I look at the picture it makes me very hopeful for the American people and it reminds me of all the things people have done for us as a country.”


by Sayrah Rich