April 8 deadline for Congressional Art Competition

Online Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., invited high school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” The deadline for submission is April 8.

I highly encourage Illinois high school students to participate in this year’s art competition,” Bustos said. “There are so many talented young artists across our region, and this is a tremendous opportunity for their work to be displayed for thousands of people to see. As someone who has always had an appreciation for the visual arts, I’m honored to help feature the work of a young Illinois artist in the U.S. Capitol and look forward to seeing all of the entries.”

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. One winning piece of artwork from each House district will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., for the next year.

The winner of the competition will also win two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Bustos’ Illinois offices and in her Washington, D.C., office.

Any high school student from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District is eligible to submit their original artwork for consideration. To enter, students must submit a digital image of their artwork through Bustos’ website. The winner and runners-up will be chosen by an Art Committee Panel consisting of local art experts. The submissions will also be compiled into an Internet gallery for voting on by the public. The submission receiving the most votes through online voting will receive the “People’s Choice Award.”

The submission deadline is April 8, and the winner and runner-ups will be chosen sometime later in April. There is a limit of one submission per student.

For full details on the 2014 Art Competition, including more detailed information about how to enter, visit Bustos’ website at http://bustos.house.gov/helping-you/art-competition.

Posted April 2, 2014

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