Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each Congressional District. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
Joined by the 2012 Central Florida Congressional Art Competition Winner, Ashley Bowersox.
Created in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity in which the Congressman is able to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within the 10th District.
The winning entries from each district are prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by Members of Congress and their staff.
The competition is open to high school students only. Each student may enter one piece of artwork. Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each piece can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4”, including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. Accepted media as follows: Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.; drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers; collage: must be two dimensional; prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints; mixed media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.; computer-generated art; and photography.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE THEMED “HISTORICAL MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY” (No other entries will be accepted)
Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (other than student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.
Please fill out the “2013 Congressional Art Contest Entry Form” and submit it to my Art Competition Coordinator, Rachel Sivells, at email@example.com, by April 2, 2013.
Must be received by Tuesday, April 2, 2013. No exceptions or extensions will be made, so please prepare to submit your work on time! Each entry must be accompanied by a completed “Student Information and Release Form.” Please do not forget to have a parent/guardian and the art teacher sign the release form.
Thursday, April 4, 2012- 5-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Location TBD