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High school students invited to submit work for art competition

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is inviting high school students from across the Seventh Congressional District to submit their artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition is open to all high school students. The overall winner of each participating district will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol.

“I hope students from across the district who love art will consider entering this competition,” Peterson said. “This is a great way for young artists to show their talent at the U.S. Capitol for a year.”

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches by 4 inches (including the frame).

The artwork may be:

● Paintings, including oil, acrylics and watercolor.

● Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers.

● Collage (must be two-dimensional).

● Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints.

● Mixed media.

● Computer generated art.

● Photography.

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Paintings/drawings/etc. that are a reproduction of another artists work (including photographs) do not qualify for this competition.

Selection of the winning artwork will be made based on the photograph submitted with the application. Selection of the winning artwork will be made in early May, and further instructions will be sent to the winner.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Each spring, the nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.