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Students encouraged to enter art contest


April 29, 2020

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) is encouraging high-school students to enter work into the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition to recognize and showcase artistic talent in young people from each congressional district.

The winning entry from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year. The theme of this year’s competition is “Art Overcomes” to showcase the strength and resilience of New Mexico communities during these challenging times. Students should submit artwork that reflects this theme.

The competition is open to all high-school students within the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico, which encompasses Quay County.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all artwork submissions must be submitted via email as a photo or scan. Entries must be sent to [email protected] by 5 p.m. May 5 to be considered. A panel of local artists will judge the artwork, and Luján will announce the winner May 12.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches tall by 26 inches wide by up to 4 inches deep and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, including the frame. The artwork may be:

• Paintings, including oil, acrylics, and watercolor;

• Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers;

• Collage, must be two-dimensional;

• Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints;

• Mixed Media, use of more than two mediums such as pencil ink and watercolor;

• Computer Generated Art;

• Photography.

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and must not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image will not be accepted.

Each participant must print out and complete the student information release form that can be downloaded from https://www.house.gov/sites/

default/files/uploads/documents/2020-Student-Release-Form-Fillable.pdf. Artwork cannot be accepted without an attached fully completed release form. If students are unable to have their teacher sign the student release form, they may indicate their teacher’s support in another way, such as an e-mail from their teacher.


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