Local student artists have a chance to have their art displayed in the Washington, D.C. as part of the California’s 10th District Congressional Art Competition.
Every year, each member of Congress is invited to select one grand prize entry from his or her district to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition since its establishment in 1862.
“The Congressional Art Competition is a unique way for the students of California’s 10th Congressional District to share their talents and a piece of our community with the rest of the nation,” said U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). “I invite all interested students to participate and look forward to seeing the young artists of our district astonish us with their creativity again this year.”
Artwork submissions are currently being accepted for the 2014 competition. All artwork and signed release forms must be delivered to Denham’s Modesto office located at 4701 Sisk Rd., Ste. 202 no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 10. Artwork not meeting all requirements will not be displayed.
Judging will take place on April 21, and a reception will be scheduled to announce the first, second and third place finishers.
The winner and one guest will be invited to an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill this summer. The ceremony will bring together all of the winning artists for the display’s ribbon cutting.
Every district’s winner will have their artwork displayed in the national exhibit located in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
Central Catholic High School student Madeleine Gini was selected as last year’s winner for her work “The Valley Will Bloom.” The piece was selected by a panel of 4 judges out of 28 entries and is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol.
A complete list of official guidelines can be found here. To request release forms or ask questions about the competition, contact Denham’s Project Coordinator, Nancy Deckard, at 209-579-5458.