Himes invites young Shelton artists to enter competition

Congressman Jim Himes is inviting Fourth District high school students to take part in the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide art competition and exhibition conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The winner from this competition will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, alongside winning entries from across the country, and will be invited to attend the opening ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in June.

The runners-up will have their work displayed in Himes’ Congressional offices in Stamford and Bridgeport.

Himes is a three-term Democrat whose district includes most of Shelton.

Judged by community artists

Entries are submitted by high school students from schools in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District and will be judged by a panel of community artists with teaching and gallery experience.

Himes will host an awards ceremony and reception in the district.

Artwork, along with a copy of the student information and release form affixed to the back, should be delivered or shipped to Congressman Himes’ Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

Releases may be faxed to the congressman’s Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, attention Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 22.

Visit http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/student-information-release-form.pdf to find the release form.

What can be submitted

All high school students who live in or attend school in the Fourth Congressional District are encouraged to participate.

Artwork submitted must be original and can be in the form of paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art or photography.

For more information, visit Himes’ website at: http://himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.