Entries sought for Congressional Art Competition

DANVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

The contest is open to high school students in the 15th Congressional District. Entries are due April 17.

“The winning artwork from my district gets to hang in Washington, D.C., for nearly a year,” Shimkus said. “Thousands of staff and visitors will see the piece.”

Acceptable mediums include:  paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs, computer-generated art and mixed media. Artwork must be two-dimensional, no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches by 4inches, including the frame, and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and it must be original in content.

“This year we will be hosting a public display of the entries at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on April 27,” Shimkus noted. “Members of the Coles County Arts Council will assist in judging the entries.”

The winning artist is invited to participate in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and Southwest Airlines will fly the winner and a guest to Washington for free.

Entries must be accompanied by a Student Information and Release Form, which includes a release by the student, art teacher and a parent. Guidelines and the form are posted at www.shimkus.house.gov under “Constituent Services.”  For more information, contact Shimkus’ Danville office at 217-446-0664.

Entries may be delivered to any of Shimkus’ offices in Danville, Effingham, Maryville or Harrisburg prior to April 17.

Kinzinger also accepting entries
OTTAWA — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, has announced his office is accepting submissions to the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. The competition recognizes artistic talent from across the nation, with a winning piece selected from each Congressional district in the country.

Submissions for the competition should come from high school students living in the 16th Congressional District and should be submitted to Kinzinger’s Ottawa district office by 5 p.m. Friday, April 18.

The winning art piece will be selected by a panel of local experts and will be displayed in a year-long exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads to the U.S. capitol. The first-place winner also will be awarded travel for two to Washington, D.C., to attend the official art show opening and reception in his or her honor.

For guidelines on dimensions and acceptable mediums, visit kinzinger.house.gov. For more information, interested participants can call 815-431-9271.

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