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The office of U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.
All high school students living in Wittman’s district, which includes James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, are eligible to participate in the contest.
The competition is an annual event presented by the Congressional Institute and participating members of Congress in an effort to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.”
Since its debut in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the contest.
The winning entry from each district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the year and viewed by visitors and dignitaries from around the world.
In order to qualify, students must submit an original piece of art no larger that 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and four inches deep to Wittman’s congressional offices by 5 p.m. April 8.
“The First District is home to some of the most creative and gifted students in the Commonwealth,” Wittman said, “and this competition is an extraordinary opportunity for some of those students to be recognized for their achievements. The discipline and effort that it takes to create the works that these young artists create should be rewarded, and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Click here to access the student information sheet and read more about the contest.