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Congressional Art Competition moves online

Posted at 9:26 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 22:26:54-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Every spring, students across the nation get to enter their masterpieces in the Congressional Art Competition. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Typically, entries are submitted to their representative's office and panels of district artist select the winning entries. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has moved online.

Students in grades 9th through 12th grade from across the 27th Congressional District of Texas submitted their art. Pieces ranged in mediums and styles including paintings, photography, collages and mixed media. Fourteen pieces are now displayed online and voting to pick the winner is now open.

Congressman Michael Cloud is asking everyone to visit to view this year’s submissions, select a favorite, and cast a vote.

The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the U.S. House of Representatives' Congressional Art Competition page for one year. They will also receive two round-trip tickets to Washington to attend an awards ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony.

The second place winner's artwork will be displayed in Congressman Cloud's Washington D.C. office for one year. Third and fourth place winners will have their artwork displayed in the congressman's Victoria and Corpus Christi offices.

Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.