Monday, April 13, 2015

Congressional art contest is back! High school students, here's your chance!

The Congressional Art Competition, a yearly contest open to all local high school students in the country, is back again. If you have a two-dimensional work of art worthy of being displayed in the U.S. Capitol,along with other students’ works from across the country, here's your chance.

Each school can submit up to three works of art that display the best of what their students have to offer. Students are allowed to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces up to 28 inches in size. Sculptures and other three dimensional pieces will not be considered. The winners will be determined using criteria based on originality, skill of execution, excellence in use of materials and conceptual strength of the project. All pieces of artwork must be accompanied by a student release form signed by an instructor and submitted by no later than Tuesday, April 28.

Entries can be submitted to Congressman Sam Farr's offices: in Salinas, 100 W. Alisal Street Salinas, CA 93901, or Santa Cruz, 701 Ocean Street, Room 318C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

A reception announcing the winners will be held on Monday, May 4 at the Salinas Police Activities League Youth Center. The first place winner will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at a Congressional reception along with other first place winners from across the nation. The art will then hang on display in the halls of the Capitol.

The second place winner’s artwork will be displayed in the congressman’s Washington office. The artist that earns the third place prize will have their piece displayed in the congressman’s Salinas office.

Last year, Robert Louis Stevenson sophomore Jung Hoon Ki, was awarded first place for his entry “Differing Perception of Covered Eyes.”

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