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Congressional Art Competition begins

This spring marks the 36th year of the Congressional Art Competition for high school students across the country.

“This competition is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and represent Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District in our nation’s Capitol,” officials said in a press release.

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett’s competition is open to all high school students who live in the Fifth Congressional District. Entries will be judged by a Congressional Art Competition Advisory Committee, which is comprised of artists, art professors, photographers and others. “The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, among the other nationwide contest winners. The winner will also be invited to a reception in Washington, D.C. this summer,” the release noted.

“All entries must be two-dimensional; original in concept, design, execution; and must not violate U.S. copyright laws.”

“I encourage all high school students who live in the Fifth Congressional District to participate in this wonderful opportunity for a chance to have their work displayed for thousands of visitors at the U.S. Capitol,” said Garrett.

“I look forward to seeing all entries and sharing the amazing artwork with our Congressional Art Competition Advisory Committee for judging,” Garrett said.

Review contest rules at tomgarrett.house.gov/services/art-competition. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 28 at 4:30.