Congressional contest for high school artists

Posted on March 10, 2011 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Congressman Mike Thompson has urged all high school students in his district, Sonoma Valley included, to enter their artwork in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition showcases the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.
 “At a time when tight budgets are forcing many of our schools to scale back art and music programs, I think it’s important to recognize and encourage young artists,” said Rep. Thompson. “The Congressional Art Competition gives our community the opportunity to do that.”

“I encourage all eligible students in our district to apply and look forward to reviewing this year’s submissions,” he said.

Each member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. In addition, the grand prize winner will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.

Acceptable media include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated and photography. The deadline is Monday, April 25.
Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should contact Lindsay Righter at 269.9595.

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