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Originally published: 2013-04-01 16:14:41
Last modified: 2013-04-01 16:14:41

Congressional Art Contest accepting entries

by Staff Reports

Rep. Virginia Foxx is encouraging high school students from North Carolina's Fifth Congressional District to submit entries for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

This year's theme is "An Artistic Discovery," and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 19.

Noah Padgett, a Watauga High School student, won the contest last year with a pen-and-ink drawing of a mountain cabin titled "Homeland."

"Every year our country's top young artists have the chance to display their work in the United States Capitol, where it will be seen by visitors from around the world," Foxx said in a statement. "North Carolina's artists are among the nation's best, and I always look forward to seeing the strong talent of our local young people. Narrowing the field down to just one winner is such a hard task that I've decided to share it with the Facebook community. We've got a tough choice ahead of us."

As in years past, Foxx is inviting the online community to decide this year's winner. A photo of each student's submission will be posted on Foxx's Facebook page at The piece that receives the highest number of "Likes" will win, and the artist will have the opportunity to travel to the United States Capitol for the installation of their work.

Online voting will begin at noon April 22 and will end at noon May 3.

Winners selected from each Congressional District will have their work displayed in the United States Capitol for one year.

Entries must meet these guidelines:

-- Only high school students residing in the Fifth Congressional District may compete. Students may be enrolled at public, private or home schools.

-- Each submission must be accompanied by a completed release form, available online at

-- All artwork must be original and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

-- All artwork must be two-dimensional.

-- Artwork must be framed by the artist at the time of submission. When framed, the piece can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

-- Acceptable categories include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography.

Entries should be submitted to Representative Virginia Foxx, 3540 Clemmons Road, Suite 125, Clemmons, NC 27012.

Contact Foxx's office at (202) 225-2071 with any questions.