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Norton Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition with Prizes and Opportunities to Showcase Artwork

Apr 10, 2018
Press Release

Student Submissions Due May 1

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is now accepting submissions for the 36th annual Congressional Art Competition.  The competition is open to students in grades 8-12 in public, charter and private schools across the District of Columbia.  Art must be delivered by May 1, 2018, to Norton’s District’s Office, located at 90 K Street NE, Suite 100.  Click to download a copy of the student information and release form and view a complete list of rules and guidelines.

The submissions are part of the nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the nation.  Students may submit paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings, collages (must be two-dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints, etc.), mixed media (use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolors, etc.) photography and computer-generated art.  Submitted artwork can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.  A volunteer committee will review the entries and chose the winners based on technique, creativity, aesthetics, originality, artistic merit and visual impact.

Last year’s winner was Kymora Grooms, a student at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, with her photo titled “Pose.”

The winner of D.C.’s art competition has the honor of displaying his or her artwork in the U.S. Capitol for one year and receive a four-five year partial scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design.  This year’s committee is in the process of securing prizes for runners up, as well as raffle prizes for all participating students attending the Awards Reception and Exhibit.

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