Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition
March 18, 2008

High School Students in Erie & Chautauqua County Invited to Submit Artwork


            Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”  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 25, 2008.


            “Art plays an important role in educating our young people,” said Congressman Higgins. “I am amazed by the outstanding pieces submitted by students each year.  This competition gives us an opportunity to highlight the great talent we have here in Western New York in a national forum.”


            Students must submit their original artwork by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 2, 2008.  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 first floor lobby at the Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange Street in Buffalo from May 12th through May 17th.  On May 17th 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 open to high school students only.  Exceptions will be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades in one building.  Each piece must be no larger than 30 inches by 30 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.  For complete art competition guidelines go to Congressman Higgins’ website at  Feel free to contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501 if you have additional questions. 

Washington, DC Office
431 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3306
Fax: 202-226-0347

Erie County Office
Larkin at Exchange
726 Exchange Street
Suite 601
Buffalo, NY 14210
Phone: 716-852-3501
Fax: 716-852-3929
Chautauqua County Office
Fenton Building
2 East Second Street
Suite 300
Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: 716-484-0729
Fax: 716-484-1049