The Office of Idaho First District Congressman Raúl R. Labrador and the Office of Second District Congressman Mike Simpson have announced the details of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for Idaho. The contest is open to all high school students who reside in Idaho.
The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.
The deadline to submit artwork to one of Rep. Simpson’s district offices is April 14 by 4 p.m. The deadline to submit artwork to one of Rep. Labrador’s district offices is May 6 by 5 p.m.
Each Member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then displayed in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by Members of Congress and visitors to Washington, D.C. In addition, the grand prize winner from the each District will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.
Each Congressional Office will select the winning entries and their decision will be announced via a press release after the winners have been notified personally.
Guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition include the following:
- Artwork must be two-dimensional.
- Each piece can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame.
- Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
- Acceptable media for artwork are as follows: Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.; Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers; Collage; Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block print; Mixed Media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.; Computer-Generated Art; Photography.
Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should contact Lisa Anderson in Rep. Labrador’s Meridian office at (208) 888-3188 or Julie Tensen in Rep. Simpson’s Boise office at (208) 334-1953 for further guidelines and information.