Submissions are being accepted from now until Feb. 9, for the Congressional Art Competition. High school students may submit art work for a chance to have their work displayed at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.
Cabinet Secretary of Education and the Arts said, “This unique opportunity gives students the ability to display their artwork on a national level, promoting our state’s rich artistic culture.” Art work categories include paintings, drawings, collage prints, mixed media, computer generated arts, and photography.
The competition is a partnership with members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation, the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. “This is a great opportunity to highlight the incredible talents of our young people in West Virginia. I encourage any student with an artistic interest to participate and make a submission,” Congressman Alex Mooney said.
There will be one winner from each of the three congressional districts and they will receive a $100 Dick Blick art supplies gift card. A $50 Dick Blick art supplies gift card will be awarded to five second place winners.
Congressman Evan Jenkins said, “The arts allow students to express themselves, develop their voices, and explore their creativity. This competition gives young artists from across West Virginia and the nation a chance to display their works for thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol. I encourage all of our students to share their creations and am honored to display the winner’s work in Washington.” On Mar. 2, there will be an art workshop and awards ceremony for participants at the Culture Center in Charleston.
“Each year of this competition we see some fantastic works of art produced by our students. The First District has a wealth of creative talent. I look forward to seeing this year’s winning piece on display in the Capitol each day as I am representing you in Washington,” said Congressman David McKinley.
Students may seek application materials and guidelines from their art teachers or principals. They may also contact the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts for more information.