High school artists could have work shown in U.S. Capitol

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is inviting high school students in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes part of Shelton, to participate 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 his or her piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside winning entries from across the country. They also 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.

Highlights the arts and young artists

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the importance of the arts, create a spirit of friendly competition across the district, and provide a unique showcase for our region’s young artists,” Himes said. “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.”

Entries are submitted by high school students from schools in the Fourth 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.

How to enter

To enter, students must complete and sign a release form and fax it to the Congressman’s Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, Attn: Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 19. 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 U.S. Rep. Himes’ Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

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 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography.

For information go to himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.