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Congressional Art Competition Open, Entries Sought

congart10_winnerEach spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by members of U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our nation’s youth, as well as those in each Congressional district. (Last year’s winner, created by Saugus student Darryl Naito, titled “Breach,” at right)



Congressman Buck McKeon is inviting all high school students who are residents of the 25th Congressional District to participate in this competition, themed “An Artistic Discovery.” The overall winner of each participating district will be displayed for one year in the U. S. Capitol.

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Representatives Donna Edwards of Maryland and Leonard Lance of New Jersey are this year’s co-chairs for the 2011 competition. Read about the 2010 winner here.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with national competition.

All entries submitted must be original in concept, design and execution and must be submitted by April 29, 2011. Judging will be held locally on May 4 at Fast Frame in Valencia.

The rules:

Entrants must be high school students only and art pieces must be two-dimensional and weigh less than 15 pounds.

Accepted media for artwork include paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolors; drawings done with pastels, colored pencil, charcoal, ink or markers; collages; prints, such as lithographs, silkscreen and block prints; mixed media that uses more than two medias, such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.; computer-generated art and photography.

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 photograph (other than the 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, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

Artwork selected will hand in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. 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. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol; entries not in compliance with the policy will be omitted from the exhibit.

Each entrant must complete the Student Information/Release Form and artwork to:

Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon

26650 The Old Road #203

Santa Clarita, CA 91381-0757

Attention: Margie Anne Clark and Suzette Martinez

For questions, call McKeon’s office at 661-254-2111

Congressional Art Competition Open, Entries Sought

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