Press Release

McHenry Announces Details for the Annual Congressional Art Competition

10th District students encouraged to participate

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Washington, January 29, 2016 | Jeff Butler (202-225-2576) | comments
Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC) announced submission deadlines for the 2016 Congressional Art Contest. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability.

The winning artwork from each congressional district will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The “Grand Prize” winner will also receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

All entries will be judged by a panel, and one winner will be selected.  Artwork be submitted electronically to Joe Bost of Congressman McHenry's Gastonia office.  The deadline to submit the artwork is April 15, 2016.  

Once all artwork has been received, submissions will be posted on the Congressman's Facebook page and users can share their thoughts on the work by liking their favorites.     

Over the last few years interest in the Congressional Art Competition has boomed in the 10th District,” said Congressman McHenry.  "We've seen record entries and impressive works from students throughout the district. I'm hopeful this year will be more of the same."

The Congressional Art Contest is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please visit
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