U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) is accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.
The contest is open to high school students in the 15th Congressional District with entries due by April 17.
“This is an annual competition that we are pleased to participate in,” Shimkus said. “The winning artwork from my district gets to hang in Washington, DC, for nearly a year. Thousands of staff and visitors will see the piece.”
Acceptable media 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 4 inches including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and 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 said. “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, 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 on Shimkus’ website at www.shimkus.house.gov under Constituent Services. For more information contact Shimkus’ Danville office at 217-446-0664.
Entries may be delivered to Shimkus’ office in Maryville prior to the April 17 deadline.