Hill Launches “Virtual” Congressional Art Competition for 2020

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Washington, May 7, 2020 | comments
Little Rock, Ark. — Rep. French Hill (AR-02) announced the launch of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for central Arkansas high school students. Each spring, each of the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives hosts a local high school art competition to recognize and celebrate the artistic talent across the congressional district.

“The current public health crisis has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives, but celebrating creativity and talent never stops. The Congressional Art Competition is a special tradition, and like many Arkansans, we are adapting to ensure that it continues,” said Rep. Hill. “It is my hope that outlet personal expression provides a little bit of excitement and fun for our high schoolers and their families while at home due to school closures.”

In lieu of the in-person judging and award ceremony, this year digital reproduction of artwork will be accepted and judged remotely, with a winner being announced via social media. 

High school students in central Arkansas wishing to participate in the Congressional Art Competition are invited to visit hill.house.gov or to call (501) 324-5941 for more information.  

Background:

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. The winning artwork of this competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Hill will also be continuing his Fan Favorite Award, where people can vote on their favorite works of art on Rep. Hill’s Facebook page and the winning entry will be hung in his Little Rock District Office.

All students may submit one piece of 2-D artwork and should still coordinate their submissions through their art teachers. Instead of delivering the artwork to Rep. Hill’s office, this year students should provide a close-up, high quality photo of their artwork to be used for voting purposes and an additional photo of themselves with their artwork to showcase if they win.

Submit all information to AR02DistrictEvents@mail.house.gov

  • Photo of artwork
  • Photo of student with artwork
  • Submission information containing:
    • Student Name and contact information
    • Grade
    • School
    • Art teacher name and contact information
    • Submission medium
    • Submission title
    • Submission size

Congressional Art Competition Deadlines:

  • May 15: photos and information due to AR02DistrictEvents@mail.house.gov  by 5:00 PM CST
  • May 17-24: online voting for Fan Favorite Award takes place on Facebook
  • Week of May 25: winners are announced on social media and via email; students’ certificates mailed to their homes
  • June 3: winning submission to be matted, framed, and mailed to Washington, D.C. with student information and release form
  • July 22: National Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, D.C. (tentative date) As in previous years, Southwest Airlines will be providing 2 round trip flight vouchers for the winner to attend the reception.
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