Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Congresswoman Schmidt Announces Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has invited all high school students who live in Ohio’s Second Congressional District to enter an art competition. The winner’s creation will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington for a year.

Local entries in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition will be displayed 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road in Clermont County. The winner will be determined by expert judges selected by Congresswoman Schmidt.

“This annual art competition is a great opportunity for a student to show his or her creative side,” Congresswoman Schmidt said. “Entries can focus on almost any subject, ranging from patriotic themes to self-portraits to local landmarks.”

The competition is open only to high school students who live in the district, which includes parts of Hamilton, Warren, and Scioto counties and all of Clermont, Brown, Adams, and Pike counties. Entries are permitted from students who live in the district but attend a school elsewhere. If students are unsure whether they live in the district, they can visit www.house.gov and enter their ZIP plus 4 code (such as 45236-2929) in the upper right corner to find out.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. April 18. Each entry must be no larger than 28-by-28 inches to the outside dimensions of the frame. The artwork cannot be more than 4 inches in depth or weigh more than 15 pounds – including the frame.

Categories: Painting (oil, acrylic, or watercolor); drawing (pastel, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, marker); collage (must be two dimensional); print (lithograph, silkscreen, block print); mixed media (no more than two mediums, such as pencil and ink); computer-generated art; photography.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission, which prohibits exhibits depicting subjects that are gruesome, sensationalistic, or focus on contemporary political controversy.

Entries must be accompanied by a release form signed by the student and art teacher. Forms and guidelines have been mailed to high school art teachers. Students who are home schooled or unable to obtain copies of forms and guidelines from a teacher at their school should call (513) 791-0381 or email sara.dreier@mail.house.gov.
I *LOVE* these art competitions...these are some of my favorite press releases of every year.