Congressional High School Art Competition
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 highschool students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability.
This year’s theme is ‘An Artistic Discovery,’ and the winning artwork from the 8th District will be displayed prominently in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year, and the artist will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony.
I’m excited to host the 8th District’s Congressional Art Competition as a way to give young artists an opportunity to display their work and show off their artistic abilities. The quality of art submitted last year was outstanding, and I look forward to seeing the art submitted to the competition this year. I encourage all of our District’s young artists to submit a piece for a chance to have their work displayed in our nation’s capital. If you have children or grandchildren of high school age, I encourage you to pass this information on to them.
Each piece will first be judged on the county level. Winning county pieces will then be displayed on Rep. Fincher’s official Facebook page allowing constituents to vote for their favorite pieces, which will count as 25% of the competition score. The county winners will then go on to the District-wide competition where the submissions will be judged by a panel of experts. The combined score from the judges and Facebook will determine the 8th District winner.
Interested students should contact Mrs. Debbie Shires in the Jackson office at (731) 423-4848 for details.