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Congressional art competition taking submissions

May 3 deadline for submissions

Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s office is accepting submissions from all high school students who live in the 16th Congressional District for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

Now in its 38th year, the U.S. House of Representatives offers talented young artists from across the country an opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. The first-place artwork will be displayed in a yearlong exhibit spanning along the walls of the Cannon Tunnel, which leads to the U.S. Capitol Building. And the three runner-up pieces will be displayed in the congressman’s district offices.

In 2018, Mario Rocha of Rochelle won out of 40 submissions with his piece, “Promise Me”; in 2017, Brooke Pentecost of Ottawa was selected out of 27 submissions for her watercolor painting, “Boots.”

In addition to having their art displayed, the first-place winner will be awarded two tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend the official art show opening and a subsequent reception hosted by the Congressional Institute.

The submission deadline for the Congressional Art Competition is 5 p.m. May 3 in the Ottawa district office, 628 Columbus St., Suite 507.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches and four inches deep – with space allowed for framing. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Drawings, mixed media, paintings, collage, photography, prints and computer-generated art are may be used.

For information, call Kinzinger’s Ottawa district office at 815-431-9271.

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