FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) is inviting high school students who live in his district to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide competition and exhibition conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The winner from this competition will have their pieces 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.
“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the importance of the arts and provide a unique showcase for our region’s young artists,” said Himes. “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.”
The 4th District includes Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton, among others.
Entries are submitted by high school students from schools in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District and will be judged by a distinguished panel of community artists with teaching and gallery experience.
Himes will host an awards ceremony and reception in the district.
Students interested in entering this year’s competition must complete and sign a release form and fax it to the Himes' Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, attention Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than Tuesday, April 22. The release form is at www.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 Himes’ Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.
All high school students who reside 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 (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 more information, visit Himes’ website at himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.