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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 21st District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

All artwork must be submitted to my Congressional Office in either Hanford or Bakersfield no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

Entry guidelines and an information for the 2018 competition can be found here.
A few helpful times are below: 

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution. Works entered in the contest may be up to 26" X 26" X 4" (26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep). and must not weigh more than 15 pounds  The art work may be:
  • Paintings -  Oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - Pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers 
  • Collages - Must be two dimensional 
  • Prints -  Lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography
Each student must complete a Student Information Release form prior to submitting their artwork for consideration. Information Release forms may be downloaded here. Following judging by a distinguished panel of local art experts, I will host a reception to announce the winner. Details of this event will be announced at a later date. 

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact my Hanford office by calling my office at (559) 582-5526. 
U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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