Sunday, September 12, 2010

Congressman Graves Announces Annual 9th District Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (GA-09) announced last week that the annual 9th District Congressional Art Competition to showcase the artistic talent of high school students in the district will be held November 4 through December 9, 2010.

This year’s competition, An Artistic Discovery: the Congressional Art Competition, is open to all high school students in Georgia’s 9th District and will be held at Gainesville State College in Gainesville.

Each fall, Members of Congress sponsor an art competition in their congressional districts, and the winning piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building, along with artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 32 inches by 32 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be:

Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
Mixed Media
Computer Generated Art

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

Students may drop off their art work on October 27, 2010, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and on October 28, 2010, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, located in the Continuing Education, Business Division, and Performing Arts Center on Gainesville State College Campus. High school art teachers and students interested in participating can contact for more information.

The display gallery will be open from November 4 through December 9, 2010, with a closing reception and awards ceremony on December 9, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. However, the gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving break November 24 through November 28, 2010.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please contact Congressman Graves’ Gainesville office at (770) 535-2765.
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