Congressional Art Ccompetition open for submissions

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON — For the fifth year, high school students from Central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District are invited to submit art to Fourth District Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, for the Congressional Art Competition.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the Fourth District, and submissions must be made by April 26. Washington’s Fourth District includes Grant, Adams, Okanogan, Yakima, Benton, Douglas and Franklin counties, as well as a portion of Walla Walla county.

Winners of the competition will be recognized both in their district and will receive two airline tickets to attend an annual awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Their submission will also be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Last year’s winner was Karen Billingsley from Ephrata High School for her entry “1965.”

Honorable mention winners will be invited to have their artwork hang in one of Rep. Newhouse’s district offices.

“This competition gives young people who have a story to tell through art the opportunity to express themselves,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I encourage Central Washington high school students to submit their entries for this year’s competition.”

Submissions are accepted in the following media:

• Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor

• Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)

• Collages – must be two dimensional

• Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

• Mixed Media – use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

• Computer-generated art

• Photography

Rules for the competition are as follows:

• Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and may still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

• All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (i.e., not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

For a full list of guidelines and information on how to submit artwork, visit

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