REP. MIKE THOMPSON ANNOUNCES 2013 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced the beginning of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and urged high school students in California’s 5th Congressional District to enter their artwork. The annual competition showcases the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. The 2013 competition is open to all high school students in California’s 5th District.
“The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent opportunity for our community to support our student artists, and I encourage all eligible students to apply,” said Thompson. “Every year our office receives outstanding submissions from talented artists all across our district. I look forward to seeing all of this year’s artwork.”
Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has given Members of Congress the opportunity to encourage the artistic talents of their young constituents. Each Member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. In addition, the grand prize winner will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.
An oil portrait on canvas titled “Erin”, painted by last year’s winner, Julian Gordon of McKinleyville, is currently on display in the Capitol.
A panel of judges will select the winning entry and their decision will be announced in early May. All artwork must be submitted by April 22nd to Congressman Thompson’s district offices:
Guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition include the following:
Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition may contact Melissa Rodezno in Congressman Thompson’s Napa office at (707) 226-9898 for further guidelines and information. (Complete guidelines are also available here: 2013 Art Competition Guidelines for Students (PDF).
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.