U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the opening of California’s 2016 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The annual art competition showcases the talent of Central Valley students and gives the winner the opportunity to share their artwork with thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Submissions for artwork are now being accepted for this year’s competition. All artwork and signed release forms must be delivered to Rep. Denham’s Modesto office at 4701 Sisk Road, Ste. 202 no later than 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Artwork that does not meet all of the requirements will not be displayed.
All artwork will be posted to Rep. Denham’s Facebook page on Feb. 24 and the public will be invited to participate in the judging process by voting for their favorite submission. Facebook voting will close at 12 p.m. PST on Monday, March 7. The top five submissions as determined by Facebook popularity will be submitted to a panel of judges for determination of the winner. A public reception to honor the participants and announce the winner will take place on Tuesday, March 8.
The winning student and one guest will be invited to an awards ceremony hosted on Capitol Hill in the summer of 2016. This student will also be able to see their artwork displayed in the national exhibition located in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol, where thousands of visitors pass through each year. A scholarship may also be offered to the winner to fly to D.C. for the reception and announcement of the national winner. Second and third place winners will have the opportunity to display their art in Rep. Denham’s Modesto district office.
The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 and since then more than 650,000 students have participated. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity.
More information, including a list of official guidelines, is available through Rep. Denham’s website. To request release forms or for detailed inquiries, contact Congressman Denham’s project coordinator, Kassi Fortado, at (209) 579-5458.