High School artists encouraged to enter Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Rick Nolan is inviting all high school artists living in Minnesota’s 8th District to submit entries to the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in all 435 congressional districts. More than 650,000 high school students have participated since the onset in 1982. Said Nolan: “What a great way to support and encourage our talented young visual artists, as well as any student who was ever picked up a paintbrush, developed a photograph, or just had an inkling to create art.”

Ten pieces of art will be named “Best in District,” and one of those 10 will be selected as “Best in Show” to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, where thousands of visitors and public officials will view it every day. “Best in District” winners will be displayed in Nolan’s district offices for visitors and staff to enjoy them as well. The winning artist and a companion will receive a pair of tickets to fly from Minnesota to Washington for the unveiling.

Students interested in participating can visit nolan.house.gov/services/art-competition or call Congressman Nolan’s Duluth office at 218-464-5095. All participant paperwork and accompanying works of art must be submitted by May 19.