Higgins invites students to submit artworkby jmaloni
Winning piece displayed at Capitol
Congressman Brian Higgins is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery." The competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation. One piece from each Congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The winning students are each invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Capitol.
"Each year we receive an impressive selection of work, which exemplifies the fantastic talent of local students," Higgins said. "We are proud to take the winning piece to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in our nation's capital and enjoy publicly displaying all of the students' work both in the Larkin Building and through an online gallery."
Deadline:Students must submit their original artwork by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. Art pieces can be delivered to Higgins' Buffalo office at 726 Larkin St., Suite 601, or the Niagara Falls office at 640 Park Place. Participants in Higgins' district are invited but not required to submit work featuring a Western New York theme.
Public Gallery: All submissions will be on public display in the first floor lobby at the Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange St., Buffalo, from April 27 through May 5.
Virtual Gallery/Contest: From April 24 through May 1, all submissions will be posted in a virtual gallery on Higgins website with additional viewing opportunities through the Congressman's Facebook page and Twitter feed. The public will be able to vote for their favorite pieces online.
Competition Winners: On May 5, Higgins will host a ceremony and reception for teachers, students and their families where the top winners will be announced. Local leaders in the Western New York art community will help select the winning pieces, and the public will vote for their favorite artwork through the online gallery. The grand prize winner will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C., and their artwork will hang in the Capitol Building. Additional prizes will be awarded for first, second and third runner-up, Best in Western New York, and our online competition.
Guidelines:The competition is open to high school students. Each piece must be no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches to the outside dimensions of the frame and no more than 4 inches in depth. A copy of the student release form must be attached to the back of all artwork. For complete art competition guidelines, visit the "Constituent Help Center" on Higgins' website at: www.higgins.house.gov. Feel free to contact Higgins' office at 716-852-3501 with any additional questions.