From Rep. George Miller's Office
Are you a high school artist? Do you want a chance at having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol and visiting D.C. this June? Then listen up, because U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) is now accepting entries for the 2013 Congressional Arts Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District.
Deadline for submissions is the week of April 15, 2013.
High school student artists in the 11th District are invited to submit an original painting, drawing or other art form for the competition. One student’s work will be selected by a judging panel of local artists to hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year along with student artwork from across the country. The winning student will also be flown to D.C. in June for the Annual Congressional Art Competition Reception.
Miller announced today that he will once again hold the popular “Fan Favorite” Art competition at Facebook.com/RepGeorgeMiller from April 29 to May 3 with all of the artwork submitted to the Congressional Art Competition from his district. Miller encourages the artists’ friends, family, classmates, teachers and principals to “like” their “fan favorite” piece of artwork.
The artwork receiving the most Fan Favorite votes, or the runner up, will be displayed in Miller’s Concord district office, provided it is not also selected by the judging panel.
“I encourage high school artists in my congressional district to enter this contest. Every year I am so impressed with the high caliber and diversity of student art work that hangs in the U.S. Capitol,” said Miller. “Art is a critical component of a well-rounded education for young people, not to mention an important influence on the fabric of our society. There are so many talented young people in my district and I’m proud to have the opportunity to share their work with my colleagues and visitors to the Capitol. This contest is a great opportunity for students to receive recognition for their artistic talent and I’m honored to support it.”
The contest is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition that showcases the artistic talents of students across the country. The winning 11th District student and a guest will be flown, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C. to attend a national reception in June. The winner’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel running between the Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building and the winning student will have the opportunity to receive an art scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia.
The 2012 winner from the 7th Congressional District was Courtney von Savoye from Concord High School. Her piece, a drawing, entitled "Pepper Values,” will be returned to her. In its place in the Capitol will hang the art by the 2013 winner.
Artwork is due the week of April 15th. Artwork must be accompanied by a Student Release Form. 5th
Entries must be original and submitted in one of several categories: Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, etc.; Drawings: colored pencils, charcoal, etc; Paintings: oil, water colors, etc.; Mixed Media: ink, pencil, marker, etc.; Computer Generated Art; Collages created with non-original artwork; Asian Calligraphy: (black ink on rice paper) with translation, and all types of photography.
Artwork must be no larger than 28 x 28, and 4 inches deep, and weigh no more than 15 pounds including the frame.
For more information, please contact Adrienne Ursino at 925-602-1880.