McNerney announcces 2013 Congressional Art Competition for students

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) announces the launch of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students all across the country.

I walk past the impressive artwork every day that I am in the U.S. Capitol.  The talent demonstrated by our young artists is remarkable and it is my honor to display their work in all of my offices,” said Congressman McNerney.

Every year, Members of Congress are welcome to hold their own competition in their home districts.  Then, the winning artwork from each district is then displayed in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by Members of Congress and visitors to Washington, D.C.  In addition, the grand prize winner from the 9th District will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.

The second, third and fourth place winners will also have their work displayed in one of Congressman McNerney’s three offices, located in Washington, D.C., Stockton and Antioch.  A panel of judges will select the winning entries and their decision will be announced at a special ceremony and exhibit.  

There will be a public viewing of all submissions and an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 1-3 pm at the Family Resource & Referral Podesto Teen Impact Center, located at 725 N. El Dorado Street in Stockton.

Rules for Submissions:

The contest is open to all high school-aged students who reside in the 9th District.  Artwork is due by 5 pm on Friday, April 19, 2013 and can be submitted at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices.  The address for the Stockton office is 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7, and the address for the Antioch office is 4703 Lone Tree Way. 

Guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition include the following:

  • Frames are not required on any submission.

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.

  • Each piece can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame on the winning piece.

  • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.

  • Acceptable media for artwork are as follows:

    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

    • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers

    • Collage

    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

    • Mixed Media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

    • Computer-Generated Art

    • Photography

Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should contact Cheri Clasen in Rep. McNerney’s Stockton office at (209) 476-8552 for further guidelines and information.


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