ALBEMARLE — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has notified local high schools that he is now accepting entries from all interested 8th District high school students for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor the Congressional Art Competition to recognize the artistic talents of students throughout the nation.
The 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, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
“Every year, I am amazed by the incredible talent of young artists in our district,” said Hudson. “The theme is ‘Hometown,’ and I’m excited to see this year’s entries and showcase what makes our communities so great.” The 8th District winner will be selected by an Arts Advisory Committee made up of artists from the district and announced at a reception hosted by Hudson. The winner and one guest will have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to participate in the national ceremony with other winners from congressional districts across the country. Winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Second place artwork will be displayed in Hudson’s Washington, D.C., office, and third place will be displayed in Hudson’s Concord office.
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not be larger than 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. The deadline to submit entries is April 18 at 5 p.m. Full rules and more information can found at Hudson.house.gov/art-competition/.