Submissions are currently being accepted for California’s 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity. One winner from the 10th district will be invited to share their artwork with the rest of the nation in the U.S. Capitol.
“The Congressional Art Competition is a unique way for the students of California’s 10th Congressional District to share their talents and a piece of our community with the rest of the nation,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). “I invite all interested students to participate and look forward to seeing the young artists of our district astonish us with their creativity again this year.”
Every year, each member of Congress is invited to select one grand prize entry from his or her district to be displayed in Washington, D.C. for an entire year. Since the 1982 establishment of the competition, more than 650,000 students have participated nationwide.
All artwork and signed release forms must be delivered to Denham’s Modesto office at 4701 Sisk Road, Ste. 202 no later than 5 p.m. on April 10. Artwork that does not meet all of the requirements will not be displayed. Judging will take place during the week of April 21, and a reception will be scheduled to announce the first, second and third place winners.
The winning student and one guest will be invited to an awards ceremony hosted on Capitol Hill during the summer. The ceremony brings together all of the winning artists for the display’s official ribbon cutting, which traditionally features a celebrity guest. Every district winner will have 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. Each winner also receives a roundtrip ticket to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines.
Last year, Central Catholic High School student Madeleine Gini was selected as the winner of the 2013 10th Congressional District Arts Competition. Her work, “The Valley will Bloom,” was selected by a panel of four judges out of 28 entries, and is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
A complete list of official guidelines can be found online https://denham.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition. To request release forms or to inquire about specific questions, please contact Congressman Denham’s project coordinator, Nancy Deckard, at 579-5458.