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Higgins Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition

Mar 15, 2010
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery."  This year Congressman Higgins is asking local high school artists to submit work that focuses on themes associated with the 2010 Census or Western New York.

"The Census is designed to paint a portrait of the United States through data," said Congressman Brian Higgins.  "This year we thought including themes in the call for artwork could draw some interesting interpretations of the Census or provide unique opportunities to highlight Western New York in a creative way."

The competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation. One piece from each Congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.  The winning students are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony in the nation’s Capitol on June 17, 2010.

Students must submit their original artwork by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.  Art pieces can be delivered to Congressman Higgins’ Buffalo Office at 726 Larkin Street, Suite 601 or the Jamestown Office at 2 East Second Street, Suite 300.   All submissions will be on public display in the first floor lobby at the Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange Street in Buffalo from May 10th through May 15th.  On May 15th Congressman Higgins will host a ceremony and reception for teachers, students and their families where the top winners will be announced.  Local leaders in the Western New York art community will select the winning piece.

The competition is generally open to high school students only, however exceptions will be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades in one building.  Each piece must be no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches to the outside dimensions of the frame and no more than 4 inches in depth.  A copy of the student release form must be attached to the back of all artwork (download form here). Complete art competition guidelines can be downloaded here. Feel free to contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501 if you have additional questions.

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