U.S. Representative Larry Kissell (NC-08) recently announced details of the 2012 Eighth District Congressional Art Competition. The annual art competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) across the district.
The winning student’s selection will hang in the United States Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is April 20 at 5 p.m. Artwork may be submitted to any of Kissell’s three district offices in Concord, Rockingham or Fayetteville.
“I’m excited to announce this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Kissell said. “This contest allows us to showcase the creativity of our students here in North Carolina. As a former schoolteacher, I have seen firsthand the value of art education for our young people. I always take great pride in showing visitors and colleagues our district’s winning entry that hangs in the Capitol tunnel. With so many talented young people in the district, I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions.”
The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event for high school art students held in each congressional district. Each student is allowed one submission, but each high school may make an unlimited number of entries. The winning piece will be part of an exhibition displayed in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol Building for a period of one year.
Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on April 20, 2012, to one of Kissell’s district offices at 325 McGill Ave., Suite 500, Concord, N.C., 28027; 230 E. Franklin St., Rockingham, N.C., 28379; or 6257 Raeford Rd., Suite 2, Fayetteville, N.C., 28304.
Submitted work can be no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches when framed, and the depth cannot exceed more than four inches. Judged categories are painting, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and computer-generated works. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.
The winning selection will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be announced during the month of May. The winning student will be invited to attend the unveiling of their work at the U.S. Capitol Building, and Southwest Airlines will provide them with two round-trip tickets to Washington for the event. Complete details and submission forms can be found at http://kissell.house.gov/services/artistic-discovery.shtml.
For more information, contact Allison Auman in Concord at 704-786-1612, or Michael Brewer in Washington at 202-225-3715.