MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) is accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.
The contest is open to high school students in the 15th Congressional District. Entries are due by April 18.
“This is an annual competition that we are pleased to participate in,” Shimkus said. “The winning artwork from my district will be displayed in Washington, D.C., in a tunnel that connects the Cannon House Office Building to the Capitol. Hundreds of staff and visitors will see the artwork each day.”
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 must be original in content. Entry forms and a full list of guidelines are available at www.shimkus.house.gov/art.
The winning entry will be chosen by a panel from the district and the finalists will also be displayed on Shimkus’ website and Facebook page. The winning artist will be invited to participate in a ceremony in Washington, and Southwest Airlines will fly him or her and a guest to Washington for free.
Art teachers and participants may contact Deb Detmers at (618) 288-7190 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.