Congressional Art Competition open to high school students

The 2015 Congressional Art Competition has started.

The annual nationwide art competition encourages high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic abilities.

Any legal resident of the 9th Congressional District of Indiana can submit artwork to the 9th District offices of Rep. Todd Young, R-Bloomington, in Jeffersonville, Bloomington or Greenwood.

The competition was started in 1982 so members of Congress could recognize and encourage the artistic talents of their young constituents. All 2015 entries will be displayed to the public at the Jeffersonville 9th District office for three weeks and showcased on the district website throughout the year.

One entry will be chosen to represent the 9th Congressional District of Indiana and will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year as part of an exhibition showcasing outstanding artwork from across the country.

The first-place entrant will receive a pair of round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C., for a reception in June honoring all winners.

Entries will be scored by a panel of professional artists from the 9th District (75 percent of total score) and through votes on Young’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RepToddYoung (25 percent of total score).

Information about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, including eligibility information, contest rules and entry forms, can be found at toddyoung.house.gov/congressional-art-competition/.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.