Kilmer invites students to participate in Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) invites high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

The nationwide competition, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the 6th Congressional District, as well as in the nation.

The competition is open to all high school students residing in the 6th Congressional District of Washington.

The student whose artwork is selected will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. in June to attend a ceremony unveiling their artwork and will be given two complimentary round-trip flights for the event.

“The arts are much more than an elective or extra-curricular activity. The arts can be a catalyst in having students think creatively and giving students the opportunity to excel,” said Kilmer. “That’s why I’m proud to invite high school students across the district to showcase their artistic ability and show why supporting the arts in our schools is so important.”

The Congressional Art 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, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth.

The art work may be:

• Paintings, including oil, acrylics, and watercolor.

• Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers.

• Collage

• Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

• Mixed media

• Computer-generated art

• Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

Students can submit their artwork for consideration any time before Noon on Friday, April 10.

Artwork may be submitted to any of Kilmer’s District Offices at the addresses and office hours below:

• Tacoma Office: 950 Pacific Ave, Suite 1230, Tacoma, WA  98402 (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

• Bremerton Office: 345 6th Ave, Suite 500, Bremerton, WA  98337 (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

For more information and to get forms needed to enter, visit the Art Competition page on Kilmer’s website:


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