2009 Congressional Art Contest Underway; Entry Deadline of May 19

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Courtesy of the press office of Rep. George Miller (D-CA):

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Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) is accepting entries for 2009 Congressional Art Contest. The contest is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition that showcases the artistic talents of students across the country. Miller will accept entries created by high school students residing in the 7th Congressional District.

The winning student and two guests will be flown, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C. to attend the national reception on June 24th 2009. In addition, the winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and the student will also have the opportunity to receive an arts scholarship.

“The Arts play a critical role not only in our communities and in our schools, but on our quality of life,” said Miller. “This contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity and receive recognition for their artistic talents. I am honored to support the talent of future artists and to encourage our young people to pursue the Arts.”

Miller recently held a hearing to examine how arts and music benefits the nation’s economy and schools and what can be done to improve support for the arts and music fields.

Artwork is due to any of Miller’s district offices by May 19, 2009, no later than 5:00 pm:

  • Artwork must be accompanied by the Student Release Form (available at georgemiller.house.gov).
  • Entries must be original and submitted in one of several categories:
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, etc.;
    • Drawings: colored pencils, charcoal, etc;
    • Paintings: oil, water colors, etc.;
    • Mixed Media: ink, pencil, marker, etc.;
    • Computer Generated Art;
    • Collages created with non-original artwork;
    • Asian Calligraphy: (black ink on rice paper) with translation, and
    • Photography: all types.
  • All artwork must be framed; a plexiglass covering is preferred.
  • Artwork must be no larger than 30 x 30, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.

For more information, please contact Latressa Wilson Alford at (510) 262-6500.