Foster announces Congressional Art Competition

Batavia—The office of Rep. Bill Foster is accepting submissions from area high school students for entry into the annual Congressional Art Competition, now in its 29th year.

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity to recognize our talented young artists,” said Foster. “I encourage any interested high school student to submit a piece of artwork in the competition for the chance to represent the 14th District in the U.S. Capitol.”

The Congressional Art Competition, this year entitled an Artistic Discovery, is an annual, nationwide art competition. The contest provides members of Congress with an opportunity to showcase the talents of their creative high school constituents and acknowledge the nation’s gifted young artists.

The winning entry will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building, a well-traveled corridor, where hundreds of people will view the piece of artwork each day. The winning artist will also receive airfare and an invitation to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C. honoring award recipients from across the country. Additionally, the second-, third- and fourth-place entries will be displayed on the walls of Foster’s Washington D.C., Batavia and Dixon offices.

High School students may submit artwork to the competition by delivering their entries to Foster’s Batavia, Dixon or Geneseo offices during normal business hours.

Entries must be received by the close of business on April 30, 2010. Entries are limited to one per student, and entries are not considered complete until Foster’s office receives both the piece of artwork and a Student Information Release form. The release form and competition guidelines can be found on Foster’s website at http://foster.house.gov/ConstituentServices/CongressionalArtCompetition.htm.