Himes invites high schoolers to participate in art contest

Local high school students can have their art displayed in the Capitol alongside another winning entries of the Congressional Art Competition.

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) is inviting Fourth District high school students, including those in Greenwich, to participate in the annual  nationwide art competition and exhibition conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of community artists with teaching and gallery experience and Mr. Himes will host an awards ceremony and reception in the district. In addition to having a piece displayed for a year, winners will also be invited to attend the opening ceremonies in Washington in June. The runners-up will have their work displayed in Himes’ Congressional offices in Stamford and Bridgeport.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the importance of the arts and provide a unique showcase for our region’s young artists,” said Mr. Himes. “I invite all high school students who are passionate about the arts to participate in this year’s contest, and I look forward to welcoming the winner to Washington.”

Students interested in entering this year’s competition must complete and sign a release form and fax it to the Mr. Himes’ Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, attention to Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 22.

Participants may find the release form at House.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/student-information-release-form.pdf. Artwork, along with a copy of the student information and release form affixed to the back, should be delivered or shipped to Mr. Himes’s Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on April 22. Artwork submitted must be original and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be two-dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography.

For more information, visit  Himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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