Bonamici Announces 2013 Congressional Art Competition

Mar 12, 2013 Issues: Education

Local High School Artists to Be Featured on Facebook Page, Winner's Artwork Will Be Displayed in U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced the start of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 who either reside or attend high school in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. Submitted artwork will be featured on Bonamici’s official Facebook page, and Facebook users will help select a finalist in the competition. A panel of local artists will select the winner, and his or her artwork will be publicly displayed on Capitol Hill for one year. Those wishing to participate can learn more by visiting http://bonamici.house.gov/art.

“It is a privilege to announce the official start of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition,” said Bonamici. “Oregon’s 1st Congressional District has a strong artistic tradition, and I look forward to seeing the great work from our students again this year. I’m also pleased to announce that submitted artwork will be posted on our official Facebook page so that everyone can take part in selecting a finalist.”  

On April 23, Bonamici’s Facebook page will begin hosting the artwork of students participating in the competition. Facebook fans can help choose a finalist for the competition by giving a thumbs up to artwork they like. Voting will continue throughout the week, and a Facebook finalist will be chosen on Monday, April 29 at noon. That work will then advance to the final round, and the winner of the overall competition will be announced April 30. Facebook users can receive continual updates about the competition by visiting https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanBonamici

The competition, which was initiated by Congress in 1982, involves hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation. One piece of artwork from each congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The winning student will be invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony in the nation’s Capital. Details for the 2013 competition can be found here: http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.