Weston students invited to enter Congressional art competition

weston-art-suppliesU.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th) is inviting Fourth District high school students to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide art competition and exhibition conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Weston is in the Fourth District.

The winner from this competition will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, alongside winning entries from across the country, and will be invited to attend the opening ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in June. The runners-up will have their work displayed in Mr. Himes’ Congressional offices in Stamford and Bridgeport.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the importance of the arts, create a spirit of friendly competition across the district, and provide a unique showcase for our region’s young artists,” said Mr. Himes. “I invite all high school students who are passionate about the arts to participate in this year’s contest, and I look forward to welcoming the winner to Washington.”

Entries are submitted by high school students from schools in the Fourth District and will be judged by a distinguished panel of community artists with teaching and gallery experience. Mr. Himes will host an awards ceremony and reception in the district.

Students interested in entering this year’s competition must complete and sign a release form and fax it to the congressman’s Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, attention Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 19. Participants may find the release form at house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/student-information-release-form.pdf

Artwork, along with a copy of the student information and release form affixed to the back, should be delivered or shipped to Congressman Himes’s Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

Artwork submitted must be original and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography.

For more information, visit himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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