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Higgins announces deadline extension for congressional art competition

by jmaloni


Thu, Apr 2nd 2015 12:05 pm

Deadline for submissions extended to Tuesday, April 14

Congressman Brian Higgins HAS announced an extension of the deadline for submissions to the congressional art competition. All artwork submitted from students in Higgins' district will be featured in a public gallery and available for viewing online. The winning piece will be displayed in the tunnel to the U.S. Capitol.

"Each year, we receive remarkable art from talented students," Higgins SAID. "I look forward to seeing what pieces the students of the 26th District will create."

Interested students must submit their original artwork by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. Art pieces can be delivered to Higgins' Buffalo office at 726 Exchange St., Suite 601.

Submitted artwork must be framed and can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork include:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Additional guidelines are available on the congressman's website: http://higgins.house.gov/sites/higgins.house.gov/files/2015_ArtCompetitionGuidelines.pdf.

All submissions will be on display from April 20 through May 3 in a public gallery located in the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St. The artwork will be featured in a virtual gallery on Higgins' website, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. On Sunday, May 3, Higgins will host a ceremony and reception for teachers, students and their families where the winners will be announced.

Students presenting artwork for entry must also submit a student information and release form, which Higgins' office has provided to high schools in his district. The forms are available on his website at http://higgins.house.gov/services/art-competition.

One piece from each congressional district will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., for one year. The winning student is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting awards ceremony in D.C. Southwest Airlines will provide round-trip airfare for two.

The competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation.

Students, parents and teachers with additional questions can contact Evelyn Williams in Higgins' office at 716-852-3501 or [email protected].

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