This spring brings the 32nd year of the Congressional Art Competition for high school students across the country. This competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and represent Virginia's 5th District in our nation's capitol. The theme of our district's contest is Virginia's Heritage.
I encourage all high school students in grades 9-12, who live in the 5th Congressional District, to participate in this outstanding competition.
The overall winning piece of artwork submitted from the 5th District will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol among the other nationwide contest winners and the winner will be invited to a reception in Washington, D.C. The 5th District's three finalists and honorable mentions will be displayed in our congressional offices in Danville and Charlottesville.
Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography are all acceptable mediums. All entries must be two-dimensional, and original in concept, design, and execution. Artwork submitted must adhere to our district's theme of Virginia's Heritage.
To review the rules and guidelines, and to find a student participation form, please visit our website at hurt.house.gov. The deadline for submission is Thursday, April 25, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Danville office at (434) 791-2596.
The arts contribute greatly to our culture and communities and this competition presents the rare opportunity to have your artwork displayed in the United States Capitol. There it will be viewed by Members of Congress and countless visitors from across the country and world who pass through the Capitol each day.
We look forward to reviewing all of the entries, and we know we will be impressed by the creativity and talent represented by our youth in the 5th District.