Costa Announces Congressional Art Competition

Fresno, CA- Rep. Jim Costa announced the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” to give high school students in California’s 16th District the chance to showcase their talents. High school students living in the 16th Congressional District, which includes parts of Fresno and Madera Counties and all of Merced County, are encouraged to enter the competition.

Congressman Costa will hold a reception in both Merced and Fresno County to display student submissions for the public. The winner of the competition will receive a trip to Washington D.C. and have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

“Every year the Congressional Art Competition showcases the talents of our Valley’s best and brightest,” said Costa. “I look forward to seeing the creativity and artwork of our high school students.”

Guidelines for the competition are as follows:

  1. Participants must be high school students residing in the 16th District
  2. Artwork must be no larger than 28" by 28" framed (framing not required) and two-dimensional*
  3. Eligible forms of artwork are paintings, prints, drawings, collages, computer art, mixed media and photography
  4. A release form certifying the originality of the art piece must be signed by teacher and student
  5. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs
  6. Entries must be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, April 19th to either the Fresno or Merced District Office

*Winning artwork must be framed for display in Capitol and comply with size restrictions.

Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has honored the creative talents of more than 650,000 high school students across the nation.  Local competitions are voluntarily hosted by Members of Congress in their home districts.  In June, the winning piece is sent to Washington, and winners are invited to the Capitol for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Congressional reception.

For further information, please visit Costa’s websiteor contact the Fresno District Office at (559) 495-1620.