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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Brian Higgins (Western District of New York)

Winning Piece to be on Display in the Hall to the U.S. Capitol

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is inviting local high school students to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. This nationwide art competition highlights the significance of art education in our nation’s schools by showcasing the work of our country’s most gifted young artists. The competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation.

“This is a great opportunity to feature the incredible creativity and talent of high school students here in Western New York.,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We encourage local young artists to participate.”

Interested students must submit their original artwork by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. Art pieces can be delivered to Congressman Higgins’ office at 726 Exchange Street, Suite 601 in Buffalo.

Submitted artwork must be framed and can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork include:

·         Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

·         Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal

·         Collages: must be two dimensional

·         Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

·         Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

·         Computer-generated art

·         Photographs

Additional guidelines and a student information and release form, which must be submitted with the artwork, are available on the Congressman’s website:

All submissions will be on public display in the first-floor lobby of the Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange Street in Buffalo, NY from April 10th – May 4th and beginning Monday April 20th, all submissions will be posted in a virtual gallery on Congressman Higgins’ website where students, family members, friends, and the general public will be able to vote on their favorite pieces online until Friday, May 1st.

The grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building! The winning student and a guest will also receive complimentary airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony with other talented High School artists from across the country at the end of June. All students will be recognized and additional prizes will be presented at an award reception for teachers, students, and their families on Monday, May 4th at 6pm in the display area on the first-floor lobby of the Larkin at Exchange Building.

Students, parents and teachers with additional questions can contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.